Four residents were reportedly killed and two others injured when suspected Fulani herdsmen raided a farming village in the Kaduna State of Nigeria Sunday evening.
According to reports, a group of about 100 suspected radical herdsmen burned at least 36 homes when they attacked and razed the Unguwan Magaji village in the Kamaru Chawai ward of the Kauru local government area.
Witnesses told the Christian humanitarian relief organization Stefanos Foundation that three women in the village were killed as attackers were said to have shot sporadically while residents were fleeing.
Additionally, one man who tried to flee during the attack reportedly died from cardiac arrest.
Witnesses claim that a quick intervention from people in the neighboring communities repelled the attackers, one of whom was killed during the altercation.
“When the attackers came to our house, they threatened to cut off my head, but I picked up my son and escaped through the back door and ran to the next village towards Kwall,” one resident, who was not named, told Stefanos Foundation.
“As I was running, I felt at a point that they may catch up with me, so I found a place between yam farm ridges and hid my son and continued to run in an attempt to distract them from getting to my son.”
The witness said that as he hid, he saw a local vigilante group coming to defend the residents of the village.
“They met me and asked me to move to a safer place while they engaged the attackers,” the witness said.
The deceased persons have been identified by the Southern Kaduna People’s Union as Sunday David, a father of seven; Hanatu Joseph, a mother of five children; Sarah Sunday, a mother of six children; and Dije Sajay, a mother of six children.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith