The Kaduna State command of the Nigerian Police Force has confirmed that ten local miners have been killed by armed bandits in Mahanga Village, in the northern region of Kaduna State. The local miners were working on a mine field in Mahanga village in Birnin Gwari Local government area of Kaduna state when they were attacked and murdered in cold blood by unknown gunmen.
The Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar made this announcement in news interview that held in Kaduna after the incident. He also disclosed that some of the miners died on the field while the injured persons were taken to the general hospital in Birnin Gwari to get more treatment. Birnin Gwari Local government has seen a lot of violent deaths in recent weeks leading to Senator Uba Sani claiming that the region was under siege and constantly asking the Senate, Federal and the Kaduna State government to intervene.
“On Saturday, nine miners were killed and were buried, while 13 people were critically injured. Six were hospitalized 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.
Austin Iwar used the opportunity to assure all residents of the area that normalcy has been restored with more security operatives posted to flash points to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. He informed that no arrests had been made at the time of the interview but investigation was already underway so that the culprits can be apprehended and brought to justice.
“We are meeting with stakeholders to see that this incident does not re-occur, 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.