Armed Bandits Massacre 27 Villagers in Kaduna

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THE WHISTLER recalls that armed bandits, on Saturday afternoon, attacked Gwaska village in Birnin Gwari, killing no fewer than 45 person. He spoke on condition of anonymity for safety reasons.

The statement said a search-and-rescue operation continues in the area.

He said more bodies may be found in the bush.

"Most of those killed are even women and children", a source said.

Idris had ordered the immediate deployment of additional 200 police personnel to the community when he visited, but the heightened security did not stop the suspected bandits from staging the attack.

Birnin Gwari has witnessed several attacks by bandits leading to the death of scores of people including soldiers and police officers.

The Commissioner also confirmed that the incident occurred in Gwaska, a Birnin Gwari village close to Zamfara State. These bandits, he said, had been terrorising the area.

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The attack came barely a week after the killing of 14 miners at a mining site at Janruwa in the same LGA. Numerous villagers, especially men, ran into the bush, leaving women and children behind.

"The bandits pursued residents who mobilized to defend the village after overpowering them", he said, adding that children were among those killed. Some of those affected have now deserted the village and moved to Doka district.

"Survivors, mostly women now at Doka district, said, 'most of those killed are volunteers that tried to defend the village and children that can not escape the onslaught'".

The vigilantes, however, promised to mobilise on Sunday for evacuation of more casualties.

The populace of Gwaska has demanded that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari's government immediately deploy more police and military to guard the vulnerable villages on the state border with Zamfara. Government described the attack as deadly, explaining that "the military will be stationing a permanent army battalion in Birnin-Gwari", to contain the situation.

Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said in a statement that the state government is bothered about the rampant killings and is deliberating with the federal government to deal with the issue, Premium Times reports.