At least 66 persons have been killed by some unknown gunmen in Maro Gida and Iri communities in Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna state.
Among the victims were 12 women and 22 children , while four wounded persons were rescued alive by security agencies.
The latest attack happened barely 24 hours to the Presidential and National Assembly election which was supposed to be held on 16th of February.
The state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who Confirmed the incident disclosed that security agencies were deployed to the area, while some people were arrested in connection with the attacks
Governor El-Rufai also appealed to residents of the affected communities against instigating attacks or reprisals.
“Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made.
“The government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies.
“The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted.