Residents of Adara village in Kaduna State’s southern region have reported an alleged helicopter-assisted terrorist attack in which houses were razed, including the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in the area, killing around 32 people.
According to Gambo Mohammed, a Kaduna State-based journalist, the helicopter-aided terrorists killed at than 45 people in a series of strikes on Sunday, June 5, 2022, injured hundreds more, and burned down houses, farmlands, and livestock.
The attacks took place simultaneously in Ungwan Gamu, Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki, Maikori, and Maro settlements in Kajuru local government area in the state’s southern region, with the death toll initially put at 32, but then rising to 45 as of Thursday, June 09, morning, according to the journalist.
The heavily armed terrorists, Mohammed claimed, entered the communities at 3 p.m. on motorbikes carrying three people per bike and “began firing indiscriminately at anything that moved” for up to six hours.
Awemi Maisamari, the National President of the Adara Development Association (ADA), confirmed the attack yesterday, saying, “The pogrom against the Adara nation rages on.” On Sunday, June 5, 2022, the villages of Ungwan Gamu, Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki, and Maikori near Maro in Kajuru Local Council were raided.
“The death toll this morning (Wednesday) is 32, as villagers comb surrounding bushes for more bodies. Seven were found this morning decomposing.”
According to him, the attack began about noon and continued unabated until around 6:00 p.m., unchallenged by the state. Fulani insurgents on 150 motorcycles, each carrying three armed men, carried out the attack.
DSP Mohammed Jalige, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), did not return calls from The Guardian seeking comment on the Adara attack.