Armed bandits kill at least 40 in northwest Nigeria attack


At least 45 people were killed in retaliatory attacks by armed bandits in a remote village in northwest Nigeria, police said.

As the death toll in the attacks on Birnin-Gwari village in Nigeria's Kaduna State hits 71, the United Nations has strongly condemned the mayhem.The UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, on Tuesday described the attack as horrific. Some bodies were mutilated. Although he was unable to address the survivors of the attack due to resistance of the youth at Gwaska and Doka Village respectively.

They set homes alight and fired shots, causing people to flee in panic.

The village is in a region known for banditry, where thick forests provide remote hideouts from law enforcement. In a move to track down the killers of Saturday's attack, the local police in Kaduna said combatant policemen have been assigned to comb Birnin Gwari.

Members of the Birnin-Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance, who pleaded for anonymity, said the gunmen came in from Zamfara State.

Women and children were among those killed in the attack after bandits opened fire on farming settlements in the area.

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Meanwhile, Nasir el-Rufai, the state governor, has expressed concern over the continuous attacks in the state.

"The Kaduna State Government has received with sadness reports of the murder of our citizens by armed bandits in Birnin Gwari". We are grateful for all your commitment to resolving the plight of Birnin Gwari people.

Saturday evening's attack occurred in the Gwashka village in the northwestern Kaduna state.

El-Rufai confirmed the development, stressing the engagements between the State and Federal Governments is yielding results.

It added that President Buhari has approved a new military battalion, a new Police Area Command, and two additional Divisional Police HQs, for the troubled area.

"The new security arrangements also involve Policing". About 200 police officers have since been deployed to the community, which has a population of about 3,000, according to Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris.