Two weeks after gunmen struck in Owo, Ondo State, killing 40 worshippers, two churches in Kaduna State have been attacked with three lives, including a ward head, lost
The Saint Moses Catholic Church and Maranatha Baptist Church – both in Kajuru Local Government Area in the southern part of the state, were attacked
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attacks on the churches.
According to him, the terrorists stormed the communities on motorcycles, beginning from Ungwan Fada, and moving into Ungwan Turawa, before Ungwan Makama and then Rubu.
Aruwan said the bandits attacked worshippers at the Maranatha Baptist Church and St Moses Catholic Church in Rubu, killing three worshippers in the attack.
He identified the victims to include the Ward Head of Ungwan Fada, Peter Madaki; the Youth Leader of Rubu, Ali Zamani, and another resident of Ungwan Fada, Elisha Ezekiel.
Similarly, the commissioner said two persons were injured in the attacks while an unspecified number of locals were kidnapped, quoting reports from the security agencies.
He said the bandits also looted shops and carted away some valuables from the villages.
Condemning the incident, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, expressed deep sadness over the attacks.
She condoled with the families of the victims and prayed for the repose of their souls. Balarabe also commiserated with members of the attacked churches and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured victims.