Suspected gunmen known as bandits has injured a vigilante commander and set a patrol vehicle on fire along Manini community, near Kurega town, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The incident happened on Thursday when the local vigilantes were on routine patrol.
According to a source, the attack left the vigilantes commander with serious injury.
Bandits have constantly attack citizens and security operatives in the Northwest region of Nigeria. Kaduna state is among the most affected in recent time. On March 28, bandits attacked an Abuja-Kaduna bound train, killing eight, several injured and many are still yet to be accounted for.
The commander was identified as Musa Audu.
Confirming the incident, a community leader, Mohammadu Umaru said the vigilante commander sustained bullet injury.
According to him, the terrorists blocked the highway for hours on Thursday evening after setting ablaze the only Gulf vehicle the vigilantes use to patrol the highway.
“The vigilante commander was hit with a bullet on his shoulder, but thank God he is responding to treatment,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, ASP Jalige Mohammed, when contacted didn’t respond as at press time.