Again, bandits kill 45, raze houses in Kaduna village

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It added that President Buhari has approved a new military battalion, a new Police Area Command, and two additional Divisional Police HQs, for the troubled area.

In a tweet, Abubakar wrote: "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of Birnin Gwari".

"Police can't end these killings in Birnin Gwari". These bandits, he said, had been terrorising the area.

The bandits stormed Gwaska village around 2:30pm on Saturday, killing 45 people and setting many houses ablaze.

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.

The survivors, who are mostly women now at Doka district, said most of those killed were volunteers, who tried to defend the vulnerable villagers from the attack.

"The vigilantes informed us that the casualties will be more but promised to mobilise tomorrow for evacuation of more casualties".

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The Kaduna State Government has condoled with the people of Birnin Gwari following latest attacks on the area by bandits noting that the state government is committed to overcoming criminality.

Austin Iwar, police chief for Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, told AFP news agency 33 people were buried on Sunday, following the burial of 12 a day earlier.

But as at press time, he was yet to do so.

Members of the Birnin-Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance, who pleaded for anonymity, said the gunmen came in from Zamfara State.

Spokesperson to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement yesterday, said the state government was anxious by the incessant banditry attacks, and engaging with the federal government on the matter. The government has sent a message of condolence to the people of Birnin Gwari Emirate.

Kaduna police, in its statement, said it has taken cognizance of the murders and launched an operation to crackdown on the armed bandits involved in the crime.