Armed bandits kill at least 40 in northwest Nigeria attack

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

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

He spoke on condition of anonymity for safety reasons.

"The new security arrangements also involve Policing. We are doing everything possible to secure the area".

A source who participated in the evacuation of dead bodies told Daily Trust that the bandits, believed to be from the Zamfara State, also burnt down the village, forcing survivors mostly women to take refuge at Doka district in the area.

Recall that the persons were killed over the weekend as several houses were set ablaze after suspected bandits attacked the community. He said, "we were in Gwaska together with the soldiers until around seven o'clock in the evening when the commander asked the soldiers to retreat because of darkness".

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

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The group said that one of the volunteers disclosed that search and rescue operations were ongoing in Gwaska, adding that the death toll may increase, as more bodies are likely to be found in the bush.

Daily Trust reports that the latest attack is coming barely one week after local miners at Janruwa village of Birnin Gwari local government area. It was gathered that the bandits struck on Saturday, killing mostly children. They even killed the village Sarkin Fawa (Head of local vigilante) on his way back to the village.

He said until soldiers were deployed to the area, nobody can go there to ascertain the number of people killed.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai commiserated with Birnin Gwari Emirate over the "fatal" attack. "The bandits pursued residents who mobilized to defend the village after overpowering them", the vigilante said.

In a statement, the local government said it is concerned by the incessant banditry attacks in the region and has been engaging with the federal government on the matter. Government described the attack as deadly, explaining that "the military will be stationing a permanent army battalion in Birnin-Gwari", to contain the situation.

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