Police: 10 miners killed by a gang in North Nigeria

KADUNA- 10 gold miners were killed by armed man suspected to belong to a kidnapping and rustling gang in Northern Nigerian state of Kaduna.

Kaduna police commissioner Austin Iwar told reporters the armed group opened fire on the gold miners, the mine was in the Mahanga village on Saturday.

Iwar said, “Nine miners were killed on the spot and 13 others critically injured.”

“One of the 13 injured persons died today, which raised the death toll to 10.”

Community leader Abdu Gajere of Mahanga said, “We buried 14 people between yesterday and today from the attack,”

Kidnappers and cattle thieves are common in the area and they belong to a wider network of criminal gangs that operate in Kaduna and neighbouring Katsina and Zamfara states.

The state of Zamfara, many of the gangs are believed to be based there, have suffered majority of the attacks, but other areas have been severely hit, most notably in Birnin Gwari in Kaduna.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has made it clear that he will run for next year’s election, he is under pressure to address insecurity in Nigeria, West Africa’s largest economy.

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