Tension in Birnin-Gwari as bandits on motorcycles kill, kidnap, injure scores
By Sani Suleiman, Kaduna
There was palpable tension in a village called Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State on Saturday following an attack launched by armed bandits riding on motorcycles.
It was gathered that the bandits killed a police officer, kidnapped and injured residents before setting their properties ablaze.
PRNigeria who covered the incident reported that those injured had been taken to the hospital while search and rescue for those feared abducted had begun.
According to witnesses who spoke to PRNigeria after the attack, the bandits entered Kakangi village in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area at about 5:00 p.m.
Chairman, Birninin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance,
Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, also confirmed that the attackers went on a rampage that included shooting at a police station and burning of homes and markets.
He told newsmen in a statement on Sunday that an escapee disclosed of how he was sitting by the police station when the gunmen arrived.
Nagwari added that thick smoke was still billowing from the scene as of the time he escaped through a perimeter fence.
PRNigeria, also reports that many people were feared killed in the attack, including high profile indigenes of Kakangi that were attending a mass wedding.
Nagwari in the statement also said, “Security situation has worsened due to armed banditry and kidnapped.
“Many communities particularly along Birnin-Gwari -Funtua road had deserted their homes and took refuge in Birnin-Gwari and elsewhere.
“Six people with various degrees of injuries from gunshot are lying critically at General hospital Birnin-Gwari.
“One policeman was confirmed death, while several shops at Kakangi village market burnt to ashes. Rescue and search operation ongoing. Some people missing or abducted.”