Four palm wine tappers have been killed and a woman critically injured by gunmen who struck on Sunday in Bakin Kogi Cillage in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The injured woman who was taken to an unnamed hospital in Kafachan for medical attention is recuperating.
Residents who confirmed the attack through identified the victims as palm wine tappers who came from another community to carry out their business while their assailants attacked them in the bush and killed four of them. The woman, the only survivor, escaped with serious wounds.
One of the residents of the area said: “Those who were killed were not members of Bakin Kogi but they were palm wine tappers from another community.
“They were in the bush tapping palm wine when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen. I cannot tell you where they came from for now. But they are not from our community here.
“Policemen have visited the place and evacuated their bodies. The area is calm as I speak with you,” he said.
Another source claimed that, “the attackers in their numbers around 9am on Sunday stormed the village from its outskirts and shot sporadically at innocent persons killing four and injuring one. Other people at the scene escaped unhurt, while the victims died from bullet wounds.”
When contacted for confirmation, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, requested for more time to respond to the inquiring.
He said: “So many things are happening at the same time. I cannot confirm this to you now. Give me till tomorrow.”
The command’s spokesman, Mukhtar Aliyu, was confirmed the incident though he was yet to get the full details as at press time.
“The District Police Officer and the Area Commander are collating assessment reports at the affected community,” he said.