Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Nigerian Official: 45 Dead After Bandits Strike Rural State

Nigerian Official: 45 Dead After Bandits Strike Rural State

He said: "Yes, 45 people were confirmed dead and as we speak the state command has already deployed 150 policemen to the area to provide security".

An unnamed vigilante told AFP that he believed the bandits to be from neighboring Zamfara state.

Both men in their separate capacities made the promise while reacting to the killing on Sunday of about 45 villagers mostly children and the razing of houses at Gwaska Village in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State by bandits.

Also, one the volunteers said, "search and rescue operation is ongoing at Gwaska, death toll may rise as many bodies are likely to be found in the bush". "The bandits pursued residents who mobilized to defend the village after overpowering them", the vigilante said.

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

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. It was gathered that the bandits struck on Saturday, killing mostly children.

"They burnt down many homes", he said.

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

"The new security arrangements also involve Policing". Cattle rustlers and kidnapping gangs have long plagued rural herding communities in the state with killings, robberies, and arson.

A few days ago, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, accompanied by the General Officer Commanding, 1Division, Nigerian Army, Major-General Mohammed Mohammed and Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, were in Birnin Gwari to find ways of tackling the incessant attacks.

Earlier it was reported that in Nigeria after attack by Boko Haram have disappeared 111 Schoolgirls.

In addition, he revealed that the battalion of Army has been sent to the area to forestall further attack.

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