- Following recent attack, three additional police mobile units have been deployed to Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state to reinforce security
- The police command in the state said that no arrest has been made yet
- About 45, mostly children, were killed during the attack
The Kaduna state police command on Monday, May 7 announced the deployment of three additional police mobile units to reinforce security in Birnin Gwari where 45 people were killed on Saturday, May 5 in Gwaska village.
The command’s spokesman, Mukhtar Aliyu told newsmen in Kaduna that no arrest has been made, but that efforts were on to track down the killers, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that he said that the policemen were detailed to comb the area for the killers and other criminals.
The 45, mostly children were killed when armed bandits believed to be from Zamfara, encircled the village of about 3,000 inhabitants and set it ablaze.
The commissioner of police, Austin Iwar had earlier said that 45 bodies were retrieved on Sunday, May 6, for burial, while more than 200 police personnel were deployed to maintain security.
The Kaduna state government had also, in a statement, said an army battalion would be permanently deployed in the area to check the killings.
The statement added that the government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide relief materials to the effected community.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that armed bandits reportedly killed 45 people at Gwaska in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state in another fresh attack.
The bandits were said to have stormed the village around 2:30pm in large numbers on motorcycle.
They were said to have started shooting at the villagers immediately they arrived, killing 45 people including children.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 7, expressed condolence over the reported killing of people in Gwaska village, Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state on Saturday, May 5.
The president in a series of tweet said in order to bring an end to the bloodletting by bandits and ensure that the criminals behind it are brought to justice, he has approved a new military battalion, a new police area command, and two additional Div Police HQs, for the area.
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