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Dozens killed in a Nigerian village attacked by bandits Saturday

48 bodies have been recovered from Gwaska village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, in northwest Nigeria, following a Saturday attack on the community by bandits.

They also burnt down many homes. Women and children were among those killed in the attack, according to local media reports. Death toll may rise as many bodies are likely to be found. Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris confirmed the bandits invaded the village of Gwaska Saturday, fighting local defense forces protecting the Birnin Gwari local government area, a community of about 3,000 people.

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The bandits came from neighbouring Dansadau village of Zamfara State, about 10 minutes’ drive to Birnin Gwari. The gunmen also killed the Sarkin Fawa (Head of local vigilante) who was on his way back to the village. Following the attack, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday, evening announced that the Federal Government had agreed to deploy a permanent army battalion in the troubled area. The statement said the governor was "concerned by the incessant banditry attacks in the area." The attack comes after local media reported that 14 miners were killed by gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area last month.The attacks underlined the diversity of Nigeria’s security threats that persist because of an overstretched army and security forces. 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.

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