A group of armed bandits attacked Uguwan Dankali, a community in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Friday, killing four people and injuring four others. The bandits also kidnapped five people, but they were later rescued by a joint security team that pursued the attackers.
According to the police spokesman in Kaduna State, ASP Mansir Hassan, the bandits invaded the community around 7:00 p.m. and started shooting sporadically. He said the police received a distress call and immediately mobilised a joint response team of the police, the military, and the civilian Joint Task Force to the scene.
He said the security operatives engaged the bandits in a gun battle and forced them to abandon their five victims. He said the victims were immediately rescued and conveyed to the hospital alongside the injured. He said one of the bandits was arrested and found to be in possession of several military camouflage outfits.
He said the police commissioner in Kaduna State, Mr. Musa Garba, had commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives to the attack and assured them that the police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice. He said an investigation had since started, and efforts were being intensified to arrest the fleeing other bandits.
The attack on Uguwan Dankali is one of the many incidents of banditry that have plagued Kaduna State in recent times. The state has witnessed several attacks on communities, schools, places of worship, and highways by bandits who kill, injure, kidnap, and extort ransom from their victims.