The Kaduna State Government says bandits have killed three persons and rustle animals in Dunki village in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement on Monday by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the victims were killed by fleeing bandits who were repelled by security personnel along the Kaduna- Zaria highway.
Aruwan said troops of the 4Demo Battalion, Nigerian Army, reported to the state government that armed bandits were repelled in some locations along the Kaduna-Zaria highway.
He said the bandits were reportedly sighted moving towards the highway from Sharu village in the Kerawa area.
The statement said, “The troops, acting on credible intelligence on the bandits’ movement, laid an ambush and intercepted them at Lambar Zango and Hawan Kwaranza villages.
“At these locations, the bandits were engaged in a fierce firefight, and suffered several casualties.
“The bandits, having been decisively halted by the troops on these fronts, retreated hastily via another route and in the process attacked Dunki village, where they killed two residents- Abubakar Sani and Abubakar Saleh and an unidentified male traveler”.
Aruwan said the retreating bandits also raided Mashashiya and Farguza villages, from where they stole some livestock and other valuables.
He said, while receiving the reports, “Governor Nasir El-Rufai condoled the families of those killed by the retreating bandits, and prayed for the repose of their souls.
“The governor thanked the troops for their quick response in thwarting the bandits’ attempted attacks on various soft targets in the area,” he added.