Suspected bandits have killed a family of 16 members during an attack on a village in Kaduna State.
The incident occurred on Tuesday in Bakali village of Fatika district in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.
The bandits were said to have invaded the predominantly Hausa community at about 4 p.m. and started shooting sporadically.
While the villagers scampered to safety, the assailants set fire on houses, vehicles, motorcycles and farm products in the village.
A community leader told Channels Television on Wednesday that the bandits who invaded the village in their number locked up 16 members of the same family in a room and set fire on the house.
He added that many of the villagers have fled their homes for fear of repeated attacks.
Police authorities in the state have also confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
The spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Muhammed Jalige, however, said they have yet to ascertain the number of people killed in the attack.
He revealed that a team of policemen has been deployed to the area to ascertain how the incident occurred and restore calm in the area.