Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of a cleric in Igabi, and a community leader in Jema’a LGA, Kaduna state. Confirming the incidents on Saturday, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Mr. Samuel Aruwan said, the security agents informed the Kaduna State Government that armed bandits invaded Kawaran Rafi village village in Igabi local government area, and killed one Danleeman Isah, the Chief Imam of the village.
According to the statement, the bandits moved straight to Isah’s residence, and in what appears to be a pre-meditated murder, shot him dead and left the location without taking any items or hostages.
“The murder of the cleric has been linked to his vocal stance against the killing and kidnapping of citizenry by bandits.
“It is of a similar ilk to the killing of Ardo Musa Layi of Kajuru local government, who was kidnapped and killed by armed bandits in October 2020 for his advocacy against killing, kidnapping and cattle rustling.
“Also similar was the shooting of Ardo Ahmadu Suleiman by bandits at Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru local government, leaving him with bullet wounds,” the statement further said
In another development, security agencies have reported the murder of the Sarkin Yaki of Godogodo, Mr Yohanna Abu, by a gang of kidnappers.
The Taliban’s shadow governor for Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province, Mawlawi Wakil Ahmad alias ‘Nazim’, and seven other militants were killed on Saturday, police spokesman for the province Abdul Karim Yurash said.
All the seven including the shadow governor were killed, and three others wounded when their own bomb exploded at 02:00 a.m. local time in Dawlat Abad district, the official said without providing further details.
Taliban militants who are active in parts of the Faryab province have yet to make comments on the report. Meanwhile, TOLO News reported that four members of a militant group, including their commander, were killed in a clash against the Taliban in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province on Friday night Afghanistan has been embroiled in heightened terrorist killings in spite of current peace efforts being held in Doha, Qatar, to resolve the prolonged conflict bedeviling the country.