Gunmen kill eight people in Nigeria’s Kaduna state

Authorities in the north-western Nigerian state of Kaduna say gunmen have shot dead at least eight people and injured a number of others in a series of attacks on villages.

Kaduna state commissioner for internal security, Samuel Aruwa, said in one of the attacks on Tuesday, the armed men blocked a major road near Kadanye village – opening fire on a bus and a truck carrying firewood, killing five people.

Some reports indicate that several people were also abducted during the attack.

The commissioner released a statement saying the other killings happened in the villages of Akilbu and Inlowo in Kachia area where 180 heads of cattle were also stolen by the gunmen in a herder’s settlement.

Nigeria is grappling with a wave of security challenges including widespread kidnapping for ransom by armed gangs, the Boko Haram insurgency and renewed agitation by Biafra separatists in the south-east of the country where security officers and their facilities are increasingly targeted.

On Monday, heavily armed men broke into a major prison, detonating explosive devices and freeing more than 1,800 inmates in the city of Owerri.

The prisoners are still at large.

 

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