Armed bandits struck in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna state on Saturday, killing 27 in the process.
This comes bare a week after the massacre of local miners at Janruwa village, in the same Birnin-Gwari local government area of the state.
The gunmen, reportedly from neighboring Zamfara state, encircled Gwaska up to Kuiga village around 2.30pm on Saturday shooting sporadically and killing people mostly children.
They also burnt down the village of about 3,000 inhabitants, leaving survivors, mostly women and children, to take refuge at Doka district in the area.
The brutal attack has been confirmed by members of the local government under the umbrella of the Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Peace and Good Governance, who said: “Most of those killed are volunteers that tried to defend the village and children that cannot escape the onslaught.
“The vigilantes informed us that the casualties will be more but promised to mobilized tomorrow for evacuation of more casualties.
“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.”
Though the incident hasn’t been confirmed by the state police command, a source who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Gunmen are from Zamfara state axis attacking and shooting people mostly children. They also completely burnt down many houses in Gwaska village where they spent over three hours.
“The survivors escaped to Doka village and the injured ones have been taken to Birini Gwari hospital.”
Kaduna State has been under attack from armed bandits and herdsmen over the past year and half, leaving scores displaced and communities sacked.