At least eight people including two policemen are feared to have been killed and several others injured following a fresh attack by suspected armed bandits in Katangi district in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
The fresh attack comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu launched a joint security operation to flush out bandits in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara and Katsina States in recent time.
Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, the Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, Ibrahim Nagwari, said in a statement that the bandits stormed Kakangi around 5.00 pm Saturday evening on motorcycles, shooting sporadically at the police station before proceeding on a house to house attack.
He further disclosed that most of the victims were attending a mass wedding at the palace of the district head when the gunmen launched the attack.
The bandits were also said to have carried out simultaneous attacks in Isiwa, Katakaki, Dakwaro, Burji, Gan, Mashidi, Farno, Ungwar Maiyara and Biski villages , setting houses ablaze and shooting sporadically .
A Police patrol vehicle, markets and shops were also burnt down by the attackers who later disappeared into the nearby forest.
Source said search and rescue operation by security forces are still ongoing, while those that were injured have been rushed to hospital for treatment.