The Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed that 10 miners were killed by armed bandits in Birnin Gawri Local Government Area.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Austin Iwar, made this known in an interview in Kaduna on Sunday.
The 10 local miners were working in a mine field in Mahanga village in Birnin Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State hen the armed men reportedly struck and firing indiscriminately at the miners
“On Saturday, nine miners were killed and were buried, while 13 people were critically injured. Six were hospitalised at the General Hospital, Birnin Gwari, while seven were transferred to Kaduna for treatment.
“Today, one out of the 13 injured miners, died and increased the death toll to 10,’’ he said.
He added that the situation was now under control and that security operatives had been posted to the flash points to forestall a reprisal attack. And meeting are already on-going with the stakeholders and leaders in the community to prevent further attacks in the community.
“We are meeting with stakeholders to see that this incident does not re-occur,’’ he added.
Iwar also said no arrest had been made while investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“We are investigating to see first the reason why it happened and the immediate cause. This is to enable us identify the culprits and arrest them to face the law, ” he said
Iwar assured the public that the suspects would be arrested and prosecuted.
Birnin Gwari has suffered several attacks by armed bandits leading to the death of scores of people including soldiers and police officers.
There have been pressure of the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai to address the issues of armed bandits attacking miners while on duty. And to make the matters worse, no militant group has claimed responsibility on the series of attacks.