At least 30 people were killed, while 100 were kidnapped, after gunmen opened fire on commuters along Kaduna-Zaria Highway, according to a Security report and Police statement.
The Emir of Potiskum, Umar Bubaram, was among those who sustained severe injuries and still receiving treatment at the Hospital, as at Wednesday night, the Police said.
Gunmen opened fire on Mr. Bubaram’s convoy, around Maraban Jos interchange of the busy highway, at about 11:00pm, according to Security sources.
According to reports, the Emir reportedly lost four of his drivers in the attack.
A Police statement on Wednesday night, said that the men were dressed in Military fatigues, when they struck on the axis, which has been among the most notorious haven for kidnap-for-ransom criminals, in recent years.
The Kaduna Police Spokesperson, Sabo Abubakar, said that only six people were killed in the attack, while five sustained injuries.
He admitted many people were kidnapped, but did not give a figure.
However, top Securities sources briefed on the incident, disclosed that the feared death toll was at least 30, as at Thursday morning.
The attack marks the latest in a string of violent attacks on civilian population, across Kaduna and nearby States in Nigeria’s North-West.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who comes from Yobe State, where Potiskum is one of the largest settlements, reacted swiftly to the attack on Bubaram’s convoy, on Wednesday night, condemning it in strong terms, while condoling with the victims.
The Police said that a manhunt for the suspects and an investigation into the attack, began on Wednesday.