Unknown gunmen on Saturday night killed 10 persons and injured several others at a post-Christmas celebration in Kaduna State, it was learnt yesterday.
The attack took place in Tattaura community in Ancha District of Ninzo Chiefdom in the southern part of the state.
Those injured in the attack have been rushed to the General Hospital in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, which is closer to the community than the General Hospital in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
The attack on Tattaura, which is under Sanga Local Government Area, reportedly started at about 10.00pm on Saturday night, shortly after the community celebrated Christmas with fanfare. It was learnt that the community usually organizes dance competitions among children, youths and the aged during the yuletide in the area.
Acting Chairman of the council, Alhaji Nasiru Harande, who confirmed the attack, described it as “unfortunate”.
He said the attackers “came, shot and flee” to an unknown destination and that “10 people were killed while five injured are receiving treatment in a general hospital in Akwanga”.
Harande however said normalcy had returned to the community.
A resident, Pastor Mike Maikarfi, who corroborated the story, said: “Tattaura community was attacked yesterday night (Saturday), leaving 10 people dead and four others severely injured. The attack took place at 10.12pm while Christmas celebration was going on in the community.
“Tattaura is a community in Ancha District of Ninzo Chiefdom. The village is two kilometres East of Gwantu, the local government’s headquarters. The attack took place in a shop where some men were relaxing.
“Tattaura celebrated their Christmas yesterday night (Saturday) with dances by youths, children and adults”.
He gave the names of those killed in the attack as – Joel Ambo, Yakubu Ambi, Yamu Idzi, Anche Ishaku, Misalai Ngbo, Ishaya Anche, Monday Samson, Joel Anzah, Jonathan Anche and a young man, popularly called P–Square.
Sympathisers and relations were seen trooping to the village to commiserate with residents over the attack.
The Kaduna State Police Command and Kaduna State Government had not reacted to the attacks at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that arrangements have been put in place to organise a mass burial for the dead.