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18 Dec 2018

Horror! Many Killed As Gunmen Storm Wedding Venue In Kaduna

Fourteen persons have been killed in Southern Kaduna as gunmen stormed a wedding venue.

Earlier reports said 21 other people were seriously injured in the attack perpetrated in Ungwan Pa-Gwandara of Godogodo chiefdom in Jema’a Local Government Area on Sunday.

Troops have been deployed in the troubled community, according to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, yesterday.

Aruwan said the troops would further secure the area and provide the atmosphere for extensive investigation of the sad incident with a view to apprehending and prosecuting the culprits.

“Criminal elements must not be allowed to divide the people and wantonly take lives. The governor has sent a message of condolence to the community, expressing his deep sadness at the loss of lives and his sympathy for the victims and their families.”

He urged anybody with useful information on the attack to kindly make it available to the security agencies near them.

“The governor has also directed Jema’a Local Government Council and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to, as a matter of urgency, work towards taking care of the victims receiving medical attention and providing relief materials to the community,” he added.

A source told The Guardian: “At the last count, we found 14 people dead, while several others sustained injuries and were rushed to the general hospital in Kafanchan.”

The Chairman of Jema’a Local Government, Mr. Peter Danjuma Averik, expressed regret that the attack happened when concerted efforts were being made by both the state and local government to bring peace to the area.

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