In a related development, Birnin Gwari stakeholders have called on Kaduna State government to establish a formidable Community Policing team in Birnin Gwari which will include the police as well as local vigilante called "Yan Sa Kai" in the area. The gunmen were also said to have burnt down houses in the community.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government and President Muhammadu Buhari have reacted to the dastardly attacks.
There has been a spate of attacks in the area blamed on armed bandits who are stealing cattle and property from the villagers.
The incident occurred less than 48 hours after Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP) and Mohammed Mohammed, general officer commanding (GOC), 1 division, Nigerian army visited the area. "Police strength in the Birnin-Gwari axis is also being enhanced", the Kaduna state governor confirmed.
He commiserated with the people of Birnin Gwari, while assuring them that the engagement between the state and federal governments on the issue, had yielded positive result.
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Armed bandits attacked a village in Nigeria's northwest Kaduna state, killing at least 40 people, residents and officials said. He spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
The governor also directed the State Emergency Management Agency, to provide relief materials to the affected communities. Although he was unable to address the survivors of the attack due to resistance of the youth at Gwaska and Doka Village respectively. Gwaska village is an encircled village of about 3,000 inhabitants.
Other sources from the local vigilance groups said they were in Gwaska with the military at about 7pm but the commander asked the soldiers to retreat because of darkness.
The vigilantes informed us that the casualties will be more but promised to mobilized tomorrow for evacuation of more casualties. But he never did up till the time of fi ling in this report.