Killed In Kaduna Attack, Group Says

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Zubairu Mai Gwari, the traditional leader of the Gwaska village which was attacked over the weekend by unknown gunmen, told reporters the death toll rose from 45 to 58 as local security operatives dug out bodies of some victims in the area, Xinhua reported.

"The dead included children abandoned by their parents during the attack" in the village of Gwaska, in Kaduna state.

"Some bodies that were seemed to have been burnt were already buried by their love ones at Doka and Mando villages, few kilometres from Birnin Gwari town", he said.

Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, made this known on Monday morning while also disclosing the President as well approved a new Police Area Command and two additional Div Police HQs for Birnin-Gwari.

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.

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Kaduna police, in its statement, said it has taken cognizance of the murders and launched an operation to crackdown on the armed bandits involved in the crime. It also assured that the military will be stationing a permanent Army battalion in Birnin Gwari to contain the situation.

President Buhari in a statement assures that security remains a priority for his government and his administration will not tolerate the persistent killing of innocent people in order to set Nigerians against one another.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack on Birnin-Gwari village in Kaduna State in which scores were killed and dozens others injured as well as property, destroyed. Gwaska village is an encircled village of about 3,000 inhabitants.

According to locals, "the vigilantes informed us that the casualties would be more but promised to mobilise tomorrow for evacuation of more casualties". Group lauds vigilantes, volunteers In a related development, the Birnin Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance has commended the "resilience of the fearless vigilantes and volunteers". But he never did up till the time of fi ling in this report.