The Kaduna State Government has confirmed attack by gunmen on Zaman Dabo Village in the Atyap Chiefdom of Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of the State in the early hours of Sunday.
The state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident, said as at 4.30pm, no fewer than 11 residents of the area had died, while over 30 houses were razed.
The gunmen had about 3.00am on Sunday, attacked Atak Mawai ward in Zaman Dabo Village in the Atyap Chiefdom of Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
However Aruwan in a statement issued on Sunday, said, security operatives overseeing the southern part of the state said 11 people were killed while others were injured.
He identified the victims as Elizabeth Ayuba, Veronica Auta, Bege Daniel, Kephas Waje, Promise Jacob and Damaris istifanus .
Others, he said, are Hauwa Joshua, Dogara Gambo, Lidia Ishaya , Michael Achi as well as Gabriel Michael.
Aruwan said, “Security forces have reported to the Kaduna State Government that Kurmin Masara general area of Zangon Kataf LGA was attacked in the early hours of today.
“According to the reports, troops of the Nigerian Air Force Special Forces who responded to distress calls from the area also fell into an ambush as they mobilised to the scene of the attack.
“The troops cleared the ambush and reached the general area, along with troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).
“As of 4:30PM, 11 residents were confirmed killed, and some inflicted with gunshot injuries.
“Over thirty houses and properties were burnt in the attack. The injured were evacuated for treatment. Search-and-rescue operations and pursuit of the attackers are in progress on different fronts.
“The Government of Kaduna State will make public further details as soon as they are received from security forces.”
The Commissioner said Governor Nasir El-rufai expressed sadness over the latest in the series of attacks in the area.
“He (Governor) prayed for the repose of all those killed and conveyed his condolences to their families. He further wished the injured a speedy recovery”, he added.