Bandits Slaughter 45 in Kaduna

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Both men in their separate capacities made the promise while reacting to the killing on Sunday of about 45 villagers mostly children and the razing of houses at Gwaska Village in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State by bandits.

The attack came about a week after other unidentified gunmen attacked a nearby village.

The bandits attacked Gwaska village about 2:30 p.m., residents of the council said. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticized for his failure to quell the violence, which will be a key issue in the 2019 presidential elections.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has described the killing of 27 persons in Birnin Gwari Emirate of the state as "unfortunate".

The bandits had been camping Birnin Gwari since last evening, before launching the attack late in the night. He explained 200 policemen along with 10 patrol vehicles were deployed to the spectacle. 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".

Gwaska residents say Saturday's attackers used to be cattle thieves but had turned to banditry in the region's remote villages.

The attack happened barely a week after 14 people were also killed by armed bandits at a mining site at Janruwa in the same LGA.

Survivors mostly women now at Doka district said "most of those killed are volunteers that tried to defend the village and children that can not escape the onslaught".

Several calls to the state Police Public Relations officer, Muktar Aliyu were unanswered but a senior police officer in the state, who asked not to be mentioned, confirmed the incident.

45 bodies were said to have been recovered so far.

"The 45 bodies were found scattered in the bush".

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.