Wednesday, June 20, 2012

24 hour curfew re-imposed in Kaduna as fresh violence breaks out

The Kaduna state government has re-imposed the 24 hour curfew it relaxed yesterday.

This follows fresh reports of violence in several areas this morning.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media Reuben Buhari said the curfew affects all the 23 local government areas of the state.

"In view of certain new security challenges that came up today, and based on the need for the state government to continue with its responsibility of safeguarding

the lives and properties of it citizens, the state government is hereby re- imposing a 24 hours curfew in all parts of the state.

"As unpalatable as this decision is the state government is doing it in the best interest of the state. Consequently, everybody is strongly advise to go back home

now, while security agencies continue with the task of ensuring total peace in the state," he said.

Christian and Muslim youths launching reprisal attacks around Tudun Wada, Badarwa, Kawo, Barnawa and others have reportedly burnt cars and houses. There are also yet to be confirmed reports that many people have been killed.

Soldiers have moved into some of the troubled spots to try to restore order but are seriously hampered in their operations because some of the attacks are taking place in streets that are not easily accessible. Military helicopters are also hovering overhead trying to provide support to the soldiers on the ground.

Daily Trust

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