No fewer than 45 corpses have been recovered after the attack by bandits on Gwaska village in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.
Speaking with Reuters in the wake of the evacuation, the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Austin Iwar, said: “Yesterday (Saturday) we recovered 12 corpses and today (Sunday) we retrieved 33.”
The brutal raid on the village comes bare days after the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, announced the deployment of 200 additional policemen, 10 patrol vehicles and two more divisions.
A source who participated in the evacuation of dead bodies said the bandits also burnt down the village, forcing survivors mostly women to take refuge at Doka district in the area.
“The gunmen spent over three hours attacking the area. Many injured persons have been taken to Birini Gwari hospital.”
“At the time we got to the village, houses were still up in flames, as we filled four Hilux vehicles with dead bodies,” said the source, who noted that more bodies may be found in the bush.
Members of the local government under the umbrella of the Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance said most of those killed were volunteers that tried to defend the village and children who could not escape the onslaught.
“We would continue to appeal to authorities to take urgent steps to forestall further attacks and extinction of communities in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State,” they said.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, who recently laid into the three senators from the state, was on a campaign trail Sunday.