Fulani herdsmen reportedly attacked two villages in Birnin-Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State, on Saturday, killing 10 persons.
Scores of others said to be seriously injured were rushed to the General Hospital in Birnin-Gwari.
The herdsmen reportedly invaded Dangaji and Ungwan Gajere villages and unleashed terror on the residents on Friday night.
The attacks were said to have lasted for hours causing many villagers to flee to safety.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the attackers took their time as they moved from one village to another, killing and burning houses.
It was also gathered that three persons were kidnapped at the Dangaji village and asked to pay a ransom of N6m a week ago. Those kidnapped were said to be farmers.
The source said, “It is an unfortunate situation. After they entered the village, they came into other places and burnt houses.
“This early morning (Saturday), they went to another village, Kutemechi in Unguwan Gajere and killed about nine men.
“After they burnt the houses, the last victim was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, he died on the way to the hospital. All the villagers have fled and scattered into other communities where they can find shelter.”
“The victims have been taken to the general hospital in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.”
The spokesperson for the state command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, confirmed the attack. He however, said that only five persons were killed by the attackers.
He added that those killed were local vigilantes in the areas.
“There was an attack yesterday night (Friday). Five persons were killed. Those killed are mostly the village vigilantes. No arrest yet but we are on manhunt for the attackers. There was also military joint patrol for the manhunt," he said.