Armed men attacked Madamai community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday, killing at least 34 people.
Many other residents of the community were also injured in the attack.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, who confirmed the attack, condemned it and called on security agencies to arrest the criminals.
According to the Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the state government would bear the cost of treatment of those injured.
El-Rufai has, however, directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to assess the situation with a view to assisting the affected households.
In another development, the police in the state said they arrested five suspected kidnappers in the early hours of Sunday, and killed another suspect in a thwarted kidnap attempt in Zaria on Monday.
The spokesperson, Mohammed Jalige, said this in a statement on Monday in Kaduna.
Jalige said the police, on September 26, at about 3 a.m., acted on credible intelligence that an 18-seater bus was conveying suspected rustled cows along the Barde, Keffi road.
He said, “Based on the information, operatives of the command attached to Kafanchan Division swung into action and intercepted the said vehicle and arrested the five suspects.
“Among the suspects arrested is a notorious kidnapper, who has been on the command’s wanted list and the 13 rustled cows was recovered from him.”