At least two villagers have been reported killed following bandits’ attack on members of Ansaru terrorist sect in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to Daily Trust, the sect members were “preaching” to locals when bandits opened fire, killing two villagers in the process.
Ansaru terrorists have been hibernating in Kaduna for over 10 years.
The bandits were said to have stormed Damari village under Kazage Ward in Eastern part of the local government in an attempt to dislodge the terrorists from the village.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY had reported how the terrorists have taken over communities in Eastern part of the LGA, guiding villagers against attacks by bandits.
Ishaq Usman Kafai Chairman, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU), who confirmed the incident said the clash between the two groups lasted for an hour.
He said, the Ansaru members who were also heavily armed overpowered the bandits, forcing them (bandits) to retreat from the village.
“There were damages during the clash; a shop was burnt; two vehicles were burnt; a Private Hospital was burnt. Two locals (labourers) were also killed by the bandits while the bandits were running away into the forest”, he said.
Ishaq said a private hospital was accidentally burnt due to the fire that spread from a burning vehicle.
He said the casualty figure between the armed bandits and the Ansaru members could not be ascertained but said the locals hailed the Ansaru members for defending the town from the bandits attack.
Ishaq said the Ansaru members continued with their preaching after the fight as they advised the people to acquire arms to defend themselves against enemies as well as fight government in order to establish an Islamic State.
Contacted, Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Mohammed Jalige, promised to find out details from the Police Area Command.