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Again, bandits hit village in Nigeria’s killing field of Birnin-Gwari, several dead Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021


Armed bandits again have attacked a village in Birnin-Gwari in the north central Nigerian state of Kaduna and left five people dead. At least 12 others sustained bullet wounds.

Kuriga village, where the attack occurred, is in Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna state and is situated along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highways.

In the past few weeks and months, many deadly attacks have occurred along Birnin-Gwari road, leaving at least 200 people dead and several hundred wounded.

A member of Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance told newswire, PRNigeria, that the victims of the attack on Friday included women and children.

The attack came barely a week after the search for arms operation was carried out at Kuriga village by security operatives.

“The armed bandits had a field day from 2.05 p.m. today, when the Muslim Juma’at congregation is halfway to conclude, shooting sporadically at the worshippers as well as house to house operations unchallenged,” read the official statement of the Vanguards for Security and Good Governance.

A resident of Kuriga who escaped the onslaught, Malam Musa, was quoted as saying: “We were attacked by armed bandits, just one week after some people in uniform come around 1.00am in search of arms. We suspect a foul play on this attack”.

“The attacks like many others around Birnin-Gwari axis continued without any attempts by the security personnel to repel the attacks. However, the vigilantes from neighboring Udawa and Birnin-Gwari succeeded in repelling the attacks.

“The armed bandits succeeded in carting away with 89 cows from Kuriga village”.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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