At least 45 people killed after bandits attack Nigerian village

At least 45 people killed after bandits attack Nigerian village

At least 45 people killed after bandits attack Nigerian village

The victims were killed on Saturday afternoon when scores of suspected bandits raided Gwaska village, in Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna state, Xinhua reported.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who seeks re-election in 2019, has come under fire for failure to fulfill his campaign promise to stem the violence across the country since being elected in 2015.

Responding to the unfortunate incident, the presidency said it has approved the creation of two new Police Headquatrers in the area.

"Some bodies that were seemed to have been burnt were already buried by their love ones at Doka and Mando villages, few kilometres from Birnin Gwari town", he said.

"The new security arrangements also involve policing".

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

In a statement, the local government said it is concerned by the incessant banditry attacks in the region and has been engaging with the federal government on the matter.

But residents also said many people are still missing.

A member of the Birnin-Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance who also sought for anonymity said the casualties could be more than 27, noting they would get the exact number after the evacuation of all the bodies.

The State Emergency Management Agency is providing aid to those affected, it said.

One other sources from the local vigilantes said, they were in Gwaska together with the military as around seven o'clock in the evening but the commander asked the soldiers to retreat because of darkness. Lamenting the spate of killings, the group urged both the Kaduna state and federal governments to take proactive measures to stave the killings.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Guterres, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, underscored the need to hold the perpetrators to account.

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