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Kaduna: Bandits Kill Several Residents In Community

On Tuesday, bandits on motorcycles stormed Bunu community located adjacent Kaduna State airport.

The attackers invaded the community when residents were breaking their Ramadan fast, killing several people and abducting others.

Almost two weeks before the attack, bandits intercepted and notified some Bunu community members in a nearby stream of their intention to invade the community.

A source informed HumAngle residents of the community were terrified of bandits operating in the area and terrorising them.

The bandits are suspected to be from Birnin Gwari Forest axis and ransom payments are sometimes collected in the area, the source said.

Residents are relocating to new communities closer to the airport considered to be safer due to the presence of security forces, the source added.

Farming activities are becoming difficult and expensive as a result of constant threat from bandits, many farmers have abandoned their farms and despite the onset of the rainy season the possibility of cultivation is slim, HumAngle learnt.

Bandits have continued to pose a serious threat to rural communities and commuters in the northern axis of the state and the presence of Ansaru, a terror group, has further compounded security challenges in the state, sources said.

In southern Kaduna, violent conflicts and repeated reprisal attacks between nomadic herdsmen and local agrarian communities remains a major problem.

The Nigeria Police Command in Kaduna State on Tuesday confirmed the killing of 15 persons in Gonar Rogo village in Kufana District of Kajuru Local Government Area.

While reacting to the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari through his media aide said ‚ÄúKilling people in the name of revenge is not acceptable. ”

He added that the recourse to self-help instead of the law of the land was the real cause of the killings and counter killings between the two communities.

The Defence Headquarters on Monday, said that troops of Operations Thunder Strike and Whirl Punch in conjunction with the Air Component of Operation Gama Aiki killed 17 bandits in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The government had responded to the complex web of insecurity in the state with both air and ground operations against camps of bandits in 2019,.

The Nigerian Airforce built a forward operating base in Birnin Gwari to strengthen operations.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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