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Death toll rises to 45 in Kaduna attack

07 May, 2018, 10:02 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Cameroon soldiers stand guard at a lookout post as they take part in operations against the extremists group Boko Haram near Elbeid bridge left rear that separates northern Cameroon from Nigeria's Borno state

"The Kaduna state government has received with sadness reports of the murder of our citizens by armed bandits in Birnin Gwari".

A community leader in Birnin Gwari, who identified himself as Hussaini, said over 40 bodies were brought to emir's place in Birnin Gwari on Sunday afternoon.

Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris confirmed the bandits invaded Gwaska Saturday, fighting local defense forces protecting the community of about 3,000 people.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a permanent battalion of the Nigerian Army in the Birnin Gwari area.

The spokesman for Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Mukhtar, did not answer our reporter's call through his mobile number.

"Kaduna state government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari local government".

He said more bodies may be found in the bush.

"The gunmen spent over three hours attacking the area".




In Adamawa, in the northeast, meanwhile, at least 12 people were killed in an attack on several villages. They even killed the village Sarkin Fawa (Head of local vigilante) on his way back to the village.

"Police can't end these killings in Birnin Gwari".

No fewer than 27 people have been reportedly killed and many injured in Kaduna state following an attack by armed bandits.

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He said many others, including women and children, were displaced. Birnin-Gwari has been under attack by bandits for some time now leading to the death and abductions of many persons.

El-Rufai said he was concerned by the incessant banditry and had been engaging the Federal Government on the matter.

Those that sruvived the attack are now asking for the military to be deployed.

The overnight killings, which cost the life of a civilian along with two customs officials, two forestry agents and the soldier, occurred when "Boko Haram elements attacked an advanced post of the Chadian army in Gabalami, in the country's far west", the source said.

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