About 34 people have been reportedly killed, following a fresh attack by gunmen in Madami village, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Seven others sustained injuries in the attack while some houses were also set ablaze during the operation which occurred on Sunday night.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident, said troops mobilised to the location engaged the bandits in a gun battle before the assailants withdrew after intense pressure.
The Commissioner disclosed that two suspects are being questioned in connection with the attack, adding that security agencies are already conducting operations in the general area.
He also said that the troops were able to put out the fire at three of the burning houses, and rescued six locals from the inferno.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attack, describing it as an unspeakable display of wickedness, meriting the severest form of punishment.
El-Rufai, who said that the Kaduna State Government will bear the full cost of injured victims’ treatment, also ordered an urgent assessment of the area by the State Emergency Management Agency, towards the provision of succor to the affected households.
The Kaduna Governor, however, appealed for calm and charged security agencies to intensify their efforts in the campaign against the gratuitous killing of innocent citizens.