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Special Forces personnel of the Nigerian Air Force have been deployed in Kaduna to support internal security operations after the recent killings in the northwest state.

Spokesman for the force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the team would join their colleagues in Kaduna and sister security agencies to end the spate of killings in some parts of the state.

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“The deployment is in addition to the earlier deployment of 2 helicopters and a DA-42 Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft on 22 October 2018, which have since been conducting aerial patrols over flashpoints in the State,” he said in a statement.

No fewer than 55 people were killed on 19 October in Kasuwar Magani following a violence that had a religious undertone.

Also, a traditional ruler in the state Maiwada Galadima was abducted and murdered last week.

Gunmen intercepted the convoy of the paramount ruler of Agom Adara at Maikyali village along Kaduna-Kachia Road on 19 October and opened fire on the vehicles which forced them to come to a halt.

During the operation, the traditional ruler’s police orderly and three others in his convoy were shot dead by the gunmen who later took him and his wife away to an unknown location.