27 reportedly killed as gunmen invade Kaduna village

Nigeria mass slaughter: 45 killed as armed gang raid village burning homes

"The attackers were obviously armed bandits from neighbouring Zamfara state who have been terrorising Birnin Gwari area", he added.

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

Residents said the killings occurred around 2:30 p.m. when the bandits stormed the village in large numbers on motorcycles.

The village, in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna, lies near an area known for banditry, where thick forests provide remote hideouts from law enforcement.

However, a group of indigenes of Birnin-Gwari, both home and in diaspora, which call themselves Birnin-Gwari Vanguard for Good Governance, have called on the federal and state governments to come to their aid and stop the bloodletting.

"Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed because even on the way to the village 15 bodies were scattered on the road", he said. Majority are even women and children.

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

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

Kaduna State Police Commissioner Austin Iwar, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, confirmed the 45 casualty figure.

In Adamawa, in the northeast, meanwhile, at least 12 people were killed in an attack on several villages.

When contacted, the spokesman to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, did not respond to a text message sent to him on the the matter at press time.

The killings follow the death of at least 25 people in separate attacks in northern Nigeria last week.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticised for failing to curb the violence, which is becoming a key election issue ahead of presidential polls in 2019.

"The new security arrangements also involve policing".

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