Many Killed As Armed Persons Attack Birnin Gwari, Kaduna

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According to Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, about 45 dead bodies were evacuated by fearless vigilantes and volunteers, numbering 500, with assistance of a handful soldiers on Sunday afternoon.

The resident of Gwaska area noted that the attackers used to be cattle thieves but has turned to banditry in the region's remote villages.

A resident that assisted battle the bandits explained 40 individuals were murdered and the cost will more than likely grow.

Reportedly, on April 2018, 14 miners were killed in an attack by gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area.

"Yesterday we recovered 12 corpses and today we retrieved 33", Austin Iwar, Kaduna's commissioner of police, told Reuters by phone.

Those killed included children abandoned by their parents during the attack in the village of Gwaska, in Kaduna state, a vigilante said.

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Also, a social media message by members of the community, under the aegis of Birnin-Gwari for Security and Good Governance, corroborated the claim by the source. "The Inspector General of Police has already announced the creation of the Birnin Gwari Police Area Command and two new divisional police headquarters".

A source in Kaduna said: "Most of those killed were volunteers that tried to defend the village and children that couldn't escape the onslaught".

Meanwhile, Nasir el-Rufai, the state governor, has expressed concern over the continuous attacks in the state.

He directed the State Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities.

The state government has also not reacted to the tragic incident.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticised for failing to curb the violence, which is becoming a key election issue ahead of presidential polls in 2019.

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