Bandits have attacked communities in Igabi and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State, killing five persons and leaving two others injured.
A church building belonging to the Assemblies of God church and one house was burnt by the attackers during the operation.
This was confirmed by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
He said spouses of some pastors who also sustained injuries in the attack are presently receiving medical attention in a private facility and citizens will be updated on further developments emerging from the area.
Similarly, security agencies also confirmed the killing of three travellers and injuring of several others around the Lambar Zango area of Kaduna-Zaria Road in Igabi Local Government Area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai in reaction condoled families of the deceased and prayed that God grants them eternal rest.
The governor who further prays for the speedy recovery of those receiving medical attention also directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to carry out an immediate assessment at the church and the other affected building in Kabai village.