Gunmen attack churches in Kaduna, kill three

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Barely two weeks after 40 people were killed at a Catholic church in Owo, Ondo State, three people have been reportedly killed in two churches in Kaduna State.

The incident was confirmed by the Kaduna commissioner for Internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

Samuel said two people sustained injuries in the attack on Sunday in Kajuru Local Government Area.

Samuel states, "On a sad note, security agencies have reported to the Kaduna State Government that bandits attacked worshippers and locals at Ungwan Fada, Ungwan Turawa and Ungwan Makama in Rubu; general area of Kajuru local government area."

He added, "the bandits stormed the villages on motorcycles, beginning from Ungwan Fada, and moving into Ungwan Turawa, before Ungwan Makama and then Rubu.

"In Rubu village, the bandits attacked worshippers in the Maranatha Baptist Church and St. Moses Catholic Church.

"Three locals have been confirmed killed in the attacks. They are identified as follows: Peter Madaki (ward head of Ungwan Fada), Elisha Ezekiel (resident of Ungwan Fada), and Ali Zamani (youth leader of Rubu).

"Two persons were left injured in the attacks: one Aniro Mai and a yet-unidentified woman. An unspecified number of locals were also kidnapped, according to the received reports.

"The bandits looted shops and carted away from some valuables from the villages.

"Receiving the report, the Acting Governor Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe expressed deep sadness and condemned the attack in the strongest terms. She sent her sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims as she prayed for the repose of their souls.

"The Acting Governor also commiserated with the attacked churches and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured."

The commissioner also said security agents are currently patrolling the area as the investigation continues.

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