At least six people have been killed and many others sustained injuries when gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers attacked Kaguru village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
An indigene of the area told Channels Television that eight people were killed by the armed bandits during the attack which occurred on Wednesday night.
Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Mukhtar Aliyu, however, put the casualty figure at six.
Aliyu explained that the hoodlums invaded the community when the residents went to bed after which they started shooting indiscriminately and burning down houses before the arrival of security operatives.
He noted that more troops had been deployed to the affected region, while those that sustained injuries were taken to Birnin Gwari General Hospital for urgent medical treatment.
Birnin Gwari, located in the central senatorial zone of Kaduna state has become notorious for kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling for quite some time, a situation that has become a major security challenge for residents and the state government.