At least 13 persons have been killed during the weekend in Asso village, Jama’a Local Government Area in the southern part of Kaduna State after suspected herdsmen attacked the community.
It is understood that the incident happened about 7.30 p.m. on Saturday when the herdsmen in large numbers invaded the community and started shooting sporadically.
According to a source in the village, several people who ran for their dear lives sustained injuries from gunshots and were rushed to the hospital.
The source who sought anonymity said the attackers were heavily armed, adding that the operation lasted for about 30 minutes without any help from the security agencies deployed last December to stop the persistent killings in that part of the state.
The source said the attack, in the midst of heavy security presence in southern Kaduna, made residents lose confidence in the security personnel.
While condemning the latest attack, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, condoled with the families of the victims and urged the security agencies to redouble their efforts in fishing out the culprits and bring them to justice.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, called on communities in the area to support the military, which would soon embark on a special operation to flush out the bandits from their hideouts, to ensure that the exercise is successful.
The statement said agencies responsible for emergency services had been directed to offer relief to victims of the attack.