Days after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai opened a military operation base in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna state, armed bandits have overrun four villages within the area killing over 10 persons.
The attack took place in Mashigi, Dakwaro, Sabon gida, and another village near Dakwaro all in Kakangi ward of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.
The Kaduna State police command spokesman, Aliyu Mukhtar confirmed the attack to New Telegraph.
The PPRO, however, said their men are in the process of confirming the actual casualties and fatalities involved in the attack.
The people of Birnin-Gwari have been under attacks from bandits for some time now.
Hundreds have been killed, abducted, maimed and villages sacked.
Recently 11 soldiers sent to the area to stem the tide of attacks were also killed by the bandits.
The Chief of Army Staff had given soldiers posted to the area three weeks to root out the bandits from their enclave before this recent attack.
The bandits were said to have attacked the villages around 5.00pm on Tuesday in an onslaught that lasted for three and half hours.
They attacked the villages killing anyone in sight, burning houses, food bans and destroying others in their wake.
Our correspondent gathered that so far 10 bodies have been recovered from the villages and surrounding bushes, even as rescue operation is still ongoing.
A member of volunteers, Malam Umar said so far “ten bodies have been recovered, while many are unaccounted for”.
Also, the armed bandits burnt houses and grain stock of the affected villages.
According to him, volunteers from the southern axis of Birnin-Gwari and security men have been mobilized to the affected communities to ascertain the number of casualties.
The member representing Birnin-Gwari/Giwa Federal Constituency, in the House of Representatives, Hassan Shekarau, had earlier raised a motion before the house, calling for government’s intervention over the incessant killings in his constituency.
However, the gunmen struck in the lawmaker’s Kakangi ward a day after his presentation to the National Assembly.
On their part, the Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, a group of indigenes of Birnin-Gwari both home and in Diaspora in a statement posited that “the affected villages are in need of aid, such as food, shelter and clothes.
They said despite the attacks and kidnappings which has almost become a daily occurrence along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, “we are saluting the Federal government and security agencies for the deployment of personnel to deal with the situation in Birnin-Gwari.
“We hope more troops and special police task force will be deployed,” they said.
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