27 reportedly killed as gunmen invade Kaduna village

The latest attack comes barely three days after the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, visited the council area where he ordered the immediate deployment of fresh 200 police officers following an earlier invasion that led to the death of 25 people.

Many houses were reportedly set ablaze in the attack which occurred around 2:30pm on Saturday.

"The bandits pursued residents who mobilised to defend the village after overpowering them", said a vigilante who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

The attack came about a week after other unidentified gunmen attacked a nearby village in the Birnin Gwari area.

Austin Iwar, police chief for Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, told AFP news agency 33 people were buried on Sunday, following the burial of 12 a day earlier.

A source who participated in the evacuation of dead bodies told Daily Trust that the bandits, believed to be from the Zamfara State, also burnt down the village, forcing survivors mostly women to take refuge at Doka district in the area.

A survivor said some of those killed are volunteers who tried to defend the village and children that can not escape the onslaught. "We are doing everything possible to secure the area", he said.

Also, a social media message by members of the community, under the aegis of Birnin-Gwari for Security and Good Governance, corroborated the claim by the source. Even from Birnin Gwari, access to the village is very hard.

"The state government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari local government".

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticised for failing to curb the violence, which is becoming a key election issue ahead of presidential polls in 2019.

  • Rogelio Becker