JUST In: Bandits attack wedding guests, injure children in Birnin Gwari

An injured child receiving treatment at General Hospital Birnin-Gwari--Photo credit; Daily Nigerian

At least six people, including young children were injured after marauding bandits attacked wedding guests in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state on Saturday.

The victims are currently receiving treatment at General Hospital Birnin-Gwari.

It was learnt that after causing commotion, the armed bandits set some shops and stalls on fire, looted others and carted away foodstuff and many motorcycles.

A resident who escaped to Gagumi village, about 20 kilometres from Kakangi, said: “we were sitting in front of the police station and suddenly the bandits started shooting sporadically. I jumped over the fence to escape.

“As I fled, I noticed thick smoke billowing from several locations of the village.”

Another resident of Birnin Gwari who pleaded for anonymity said, “We need help in Birnin Gwari because our people are being killed daily by bandits. Just look at what happened at Kakangi on Saturday,” he said.

Confirming the incident Ibrahim  Abubakar Nagwari chairman Birnin Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good governance in a statement issued to journalists said the bandits set ablaze houses in the village.

‎”Several sources said many people feared dead including high profile indigenes of Kakangi, that were attending a mass wedding,” he said.

On Friday, the bandits also attacked Udawa village in Birnin Gwari, killing five people and rusling hundreds of cattle.

Security situation in the area worsened due to renewed spate of armed banditry and kidnapping, leading to mass exodus from vulnerable villages.

Many communities particularly along Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road had deserted their homes and took refuge in other places.

The Kaduna state police command have not yet responded to the two incidents.

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