Fight between bandits and militia in northern Nigeria kills 45

Bandits have killed 27 people including children at Gwaska in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state in another fresh attack

Bandits have killed 27 people including children at Gwaska in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state in another fresh attack

The Kaduna State Government has commiserated with the people of Birnin Gwari following fatal attacks on the area by bandits.

The Kaduna state police chief, Austin Iwar, confirmed the attack, saying: "There was violence between the militias, who are very powerful, and bandits".

"We would continue to appeal to the authorities to take urgent steps to forestall further attacks and extinction of communities in Birnin Gwari local government area", the source said.

Concise News understands that the Gwaska community was invaded by the bandits who allegedly came from neighbouring Zamfara Saturday night.

The operation code-named Operation Restore Hope was aimed at flushing out the bandits from their hideouts and restore peace and security in the area. Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris said 200 policemen and 10 patrol vehicles were deployed to the scene.

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

"Kaduna State Government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari local government". They also completely burnt down many houses in Gwaska village where they spent over three hours.

Members of the local government under the umbrella of the Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Peace and Good Governace said "Most of those killed are volunteers that tried to defend the village and children that can not escape the onslaught".

One of the vigilantes said: "The tensed atmosphere and untidy nature of the village environment necessitated the evacuation of 45 bodies discovered for burial rites in Birnin-Gwari town".

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