Nearly 37 people have been feared dead in an attack on a remote village in Kaduna.
The incident occurred in the village of Madamai located in Kaura Local Government Area on Sunday.
Eyewitness reports say the attackers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen stormed the village on Sunday evening with guns and matchetes. Also, sources attributed the development to a long-running feud between Hausa-Fulani residents in the Northern part of the state and the Christians who are predominant in the south.
Specifically, Derek Christopher, a local nurse at the General Hospital in Kafanchan told AFP that the initial death toll as at Sunday night was 30. However, he added that the death toll had subsequently increased.
He said: “37 people were killed; 35 dead bodies (were) discovered in the village, two (died) in the hospital.”
Equally important, he disclosed that the injured were attended to at the General Hospital; noting that they were referred to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Plateau state; about 115 kilometers (70 miles) away from the village.
Also, one of the survivors of the Kaduna attack, Sunday Eze, revealed that he narrowly escaped after being shot by the assailants.
“They shot me on my hand. They were plenty; these people,” he told AFP.
Meanwhile, Cecilia Simon, one of the resident doctors attending to the injured in Kaduna also revealed that the attackers were Fulani herdsmen. Further, she disclosed that the perpetrators have been in a years-long clash with the predominantly Christian communities in southern Kaduna.
“We have gunshots and we have machete cuts. In the hospital here, we are six. This thing is not our fault; maybe it is the fault of the government,’’ she disclosed.