Four persons were in the early hours of Sunday reportedly killed in an ambush by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
A woman is also reported to have been severely wounded in the incident and taken to a hospital in Kafanchan, Jemaa local government area of the northern state.
The Kaduna Police Command Spokesman ASP Mukhtar Aliyu confirmed the incident, but denied full knowledge of the exact details, promising a full account later.
However, a source in the village told newsmen that “four people were killed in an ambush by herdsmen. One person, a woman, was severely wounded and taken to a hospital in Kafanchan.
“The incident happened around 10 am Sunday when the victims went to tap palm wine and were just returning home when herdsmen opened fire at them, killing the four men instantly.
“The people were almost home when they were attacked. We were just rounding up from church when we heard gunshots.”
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, accused the soldiers deployed to the community of ethnic bias.
According to him, the soldiers did not act in time when the incident occurred, causing the hoodlums to escape.
“Five soldiers posted to the area, three are Fulani, and the head of the security unit is also of Fulani stock.
“We are not comfortable with the Fulani-dominant security unit deployed to the area.
“We call on authorities to take urgent steps to correct what he suggested was an abnormality in the current security arrangement”, he said.