Gunmen on motorcycles attacked Galadimawa in the Giwa local government area of Kaduna State and killed seven people, including two security operatives.
It was gathered that the robbers, who came in large numbers, used the weekly market day in that area for a strike.
The commissioner for internal security and internal affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the attack, said dozens of bandits had killed troops as they fled after the bloody attack.
According to him, security reports indicate that the robbers sneaked into the market around 4 pm and opened fire on the vigilantes, two of whom died on the spot and killed five more people.
The commissioner listed the victims as Yusuf Magaji Iatawa and Dabo Bafillace (both awake people), as well as Danjum Halada, Shuaib Isyak, Isyak Adam, Sheh Dalhat and Musa Harun Keraw.
Aruwan added that the truck’s commercial driver, Alhaji Yusuf Tumburku, had a truck loaded with 330 bags of corn burned to ashes.
He said, “Security agencies consisting of police and troops gave the armed bandits a hot chase as they fled the general area.
“The bandits, who were on about 15 motorcycles, met their end in the hands of aggressive combat air platforms, which hired them and then neutralized several of them.
“Ground troops are still conducting clearing operations in the general areas of Galadimawa and Kidandan.
“The driver of a commercial truck, one Alhaji Yusuf Tumburku, who had just loaded 330 bags of corn belonging to Alhaji trader Hamzi Ungwan Lalle Giwau, had his vehicle and grain burned to ashes. The bandits burned another car. “
The commissioner said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai sent messages of condolence to the grieving families and praised the security workers for neutralizing the bandits, reports Punch.
“The governor has instructed locals in the general areas of Galadimawa and Kidandan in the Giwa local government area to continue to provide useful information to the government and security agencies,” Aruwan was quoted as saying.