The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed that seven persons were killed and five others injured in Maro village; a border community between Kajuru and Kachia Local Government Area of the state.
The Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige gave the confirmation in a statement issued on Thursday in Kaduna. Equally important, Jalige said the attack occurred on Wednesday at about 7:15pm.
“The armed men entered the village market in a vehicle, started shooting sporadically and in the process shot some people. On receipt of the information, DPO Kajuru and Kachia immediately mobilised patrol teams to the area to restore normalcy. But unfortunately seven persons were found dead and five were injured.”
According to him, both the dead and injured victims were evacuated by the police to Kachia General Hospital.
“The dead bodies have been deposited in the mortuary; while the injured ones are currently receiving treatment at the same hospital.”
Jalige said normalcy had since been restored in the area. He added that investigation and manhunt of the fleeing bandits was ongoing. Further, he assured that perpetrators of the barbaric act would be caught and made to face justice.
Attackers opened fire without provocation, left long before Police arrived
Jalige noted that the command was deeply saddened by the incident; noting that it already beefed up security in the area to forestall further break down of law and order.
“The command calls on the general public to promptly report any suspicious activities or persons to the nearest security agencies; with a view to proactively prevent re-occurrence of such dastardly acts against law abiding citizens of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, 1st News learnt that the incident occurred around 7:30pm while the traders were preparing to close for the day.
Sources revealed that the attackers alighted from the vehicle and shot sporadically at the traders without provocation. Thereafter, they went back to their vehicle and drove away. Also, a source revealed that the gunmen did not take away anything from the traders or the market.