Armed bandits in helicopter have reportedly killed about thirty two residents and critically injured several others in four Kaduna State villages.
Also, a church and many houses were reportedly burnt down by the bandits.
It was learnt that the bandits on Sunday in separate attacks killed the victims in Ungwan Gamu, Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki and Maikori in Southern Kaduna, all in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
Some of the bandits were said to be airborne, shooting from an helicopter and others carrying out ground operations.
The District Head of Kufena village, Titus Dauda, who confirmed the incident, said the gunmen attacked the communities and killed thirty two residents.
He said: “The bandits first attacked Dogon Noma in the early hours of Sunday and killed many people mostly men, before proceeding to Ungwan Gamu and Maikori villages where they also killed people and burnt down houses.”
“The victims have been laid to rest while the affected communities have been deserted by the residents due to fear of being attacked.”
Some residents said an helicopter was seen shooting at the residents from the air, while the remaining bandits were on the ground to attack fleeing residents.
However, they said the military troop came on time and engaged the bandits on ground and air, therefore, forcing them to eventually beat a retreat.