Bandits kill six vigilantes in Kaduna community

Six vigilante members were reported killed by bandits at Awaro checkpoint in the western part of Birnin-Gwari, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, according to reports.

Usman Babangida, a vigilante member who was mourning the deaths of his colleagues, told newsmen on Wednesday that the bandits attacked the checkpoint in large numbers.

He went on to say that when the hoodlums saw the vigilante members, they opened fire sporadically, killing six of them.

Those killed, he claims, were buried according to Muslim customs.

According to Babangida, the incident occurred as the hoodlums clashed with other bandits in a nearby community called Bugai.

As of the time of filing this report, he couldn't confirm the number of casualties from the clash.

"The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m., when the bandits passed through the Awaro checkpoint and attacked the local vigilantes upon seeing them. They killed all six vigilante members on the spot, until some villagers discovered their bodies and brought them back to town," he said.

Neither the state government nor the police issued an official statement.

When I called the Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Jalige, his phone line was busy.

However, there was no response to our correspondent's text message sent to his phone.

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