Terrorists Killed 446 People, Abduct 985 Within Six Months – Kaduna Govt
258 persons were injured in the second quarter and 156 in the 3rd quarter
An official of the Kaduna State Government on Friday says a total of 446 people have lost their lives in the State as a result of banditry, terrorism and communal clashes from April to September 2022, an official said in Kaduna on Friday.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated this on Friday while presenting the 2nd and 3rd Quarter security report on security to Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The figure comprised of 285 killed in the second quarter of the year and 161 who lost their lives in the third quarter.
He also said that 985 persons were kidnapped during the period under review across the state, with 804 of the number kidnapped in the 3rd quarter, while five persons each were raped in the second and third quarter.
The commissioner said 258 persons were injured in the second quarter and 156 in the 3rd quarter, while 5,999 and 1, 133 animals were rustled in the two quarters, respectively.
Meanwhile, a total of 74 AK-47 rifles, five locally made riffles, 5,398 live ammunition, and 11 pump action magazines were intercepted between April and September in the state.
He further explained that 168 bandits were neutralized by troops within the period with 59 killed in the second quarter and 109 in the third quarter.
He said the activities of bandits have adversely impacted farming activities including livestock production.
Mr Aruwa said it was important to block the flow of illicit drugs that is fueling the criminals.
He added that the main sources of funding for the bandits are ransoms from kidnapped hostages, gun running and leasing of weapons to groups who lacked the capacity to acquire weapons.
He, however said the state would continue to strengthen its intelligence network, so as to remain ahead of the criminals.