About fourteen miners have been reportedly killed by suspected bandits after raiding a mining site at Janruwa Village, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The attack was said to have happened on Saturday, weeks after 11 soldiers were killed by bandits in the area in March.
It was gathered that the bandits stormed the mining site in large numbers riding on motor bikes and opened fire on everyone in sight.
The exact number of people killed could not be ascertained. While some said 40 miners were killed, a source told newsmen that only 14 people died with about 30 others injured.
An eyewitness told newsmen that the bandits, after killing the miners, burnt their bodies beyond recognition.
“The attack occurred between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday. The bandits, in their hundreds on bikes, stormed the mining site at Janruwa and opened fire on anybody in sight.
“Over 40 persons were attacked. No fewer than 14 are feared dead. It was a gory scene. The bandits, after shooting and killing, burnt the dead beyond recognition.
“We thought that after the visit of the Federal Government’s delegation, led by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, the situation would be calm,” the source said.
The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Austin Iwar, confirmed the attack but was silent on the number of those killed.
He said the police had yet to confirm the casualty figure but were on top of the situation.