In Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, terrorists assaulted two churches, murdering three worshipers and allegedly kidnapping around 30 others.
On Sunday, June 19, 2022, as the church was concluding its first service, it was reported that a large number of terrorists broke into St. Moses Catholic Church in Rubu village.
Three people were reported dead and numerous more suffered injuries of varying severity when the terrorists opened fire on the worshipers.
A former Special Adviser on Media to the Governor of Kaduna State, Reuben Buhari, claimed that terrorists also attacked a Baptist Church and abducted 36 worshippers.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, June 19, said the gunmen attacked Maranatha Baptist Church and St. Moses Catholic Church.
“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,” the statement read.
“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 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 said security patrols are being conducted in the general area as investigations proceed, adding that citizens will be briefed on emerging developments.