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

The bandits shot sporadically and killed anybody in sight, Abdulahi said.

Another community leader in Birnin Gwari, who identified himself as Hussaini, said more than 20 people were killed by the bandits.

The Kaduna State Police Command's Public Relations Officer, Mukhtar Aliyu, when contacted at about 12.26pm, said he would call our correspondent back to furnish him with further details of the attack. But he never did up till the time of fi ling in this report.

The attack came barely a week after the killing of 14 miners at a mining site at Janruwa area of the same state. One the volunteers noted that search and rescue operation were ongoing at Gwaska.

A police spokesman also confirmed the incident, but did not confirm the death toll.

At least 45 people were killed when armed bandits attacked a remote village in northwest Nigeria, officials said.

The bandits attacked Gwaska village about 2:30 p.m., residents of the council said.

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"Also the armed bandits razed down the village, which has about 3,000 inhabitants, completely". "Also, the vigilantes made u-turn with a handful of survivors and injured people".

The vigilantes informed us that the casualties will be more but promised to mobilized tomorrow for evacuation of more casualties.

El-Rufai in a statement signed by his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, said the state government is making effort to establish a permanent base in the area in order contain the incessant attacks on residents of the communities.

In a tweet, Abubakar wrote: "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of Birnin Gwari".

"There was violence between the militias, who are very powerful, and bandits", said Kaduna's state police chief, Austin Iwar. At a town hall meeting held recently in the area, the Emir of Birnin-Gwari, Alhaji Jubril Zubairu Mai Gwari II, had told the IGP that the old Birnin-Gwari town was now being fully controlled by bandits.

The government also directed the State Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide relief materials to the effected community.

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