Illustration by BBC of Gwaska

Illustration by BBC of Gwaska


Gunmen slaughter 51 villagers in Kaduna’s Gwaska


At least 51 residents of Gwaska, in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state were Saturday killed by a gang of what are said to be former cattle rustlers.

The BBC said the bandits killed children and adults and livestock and also burnt down homes in the remote northern Nigerian village.

“Amongst the rows of dead bodies in Gwaska, in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state, were children under the age of 10. Some bodies were mutilated. Survivors say the attackers surrounded Gwaska on Saturday afternoon.

They set homes alight and fired shots, causing people to flee in panic – many straight towards the gunmen”, said BBC on Sunday.

Residents have demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government urgently deploy more police and military to protect vulnerable villages on the state border with Zamfara.

Last month 14 miners were reportedly killed in an attack by gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area.

Residents in the village say Saturday’s attackers used to be cattle thieves but had turned to banditry in the region’s remote villages.

The victims include members of a self-defence force, formed after attacks by well-armed cattle thieves.


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