A clash between some bandits and a splinter Boko Haram sect, the Ansaru terror sect, has left two people dead in Kaduna.
According to Ishaq Kasai, Chairman of the Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union, some bandits on motorcycles attacked Damari, Kazage ward in the state’s Eastern Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, killing two locals.
Kasai also stated that the attack, which occurred on Wednesday, July 13, burned down shops, vehicles, and a private hospital.
According to him, the clash between the two terror groups lasted more than two hours, with the Ansaru triumphing over the bandits, who also wielded sophisticated weapons, thanks to superior firepower.
The BEPU chairman also revealed that the clashes between terror groups forced hundreds of people to flee their homes.
The statement read, “Bandits numbering about 200 on motorcycles, wielding sophisticated weapons targeted and attacked Damari town of Kazage Ward in the eastern part of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“The attack took place around 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 13th July 2022, while Ansaru members were right inside the town preaching to locals.
When the Ansaru members heard the bandits’ sporadic gunshots, they moved towards them and began exchanging fire. For about an hour, they fought.
The Ansaru members, who were also heavily armed, overpowered the bandits, forcing them to retreat and flee.
“During the clash, some damages were done to the town. One shop was burnt, two vehicles were burnt, one private hospital was burnt as well as two locals (labourers) were also killed by the bandits on their way from the farm, while the bandits were running away to the forest.
“The private hospital was burnt accidentally as a result of the fire spread from the second vehicle burnt nearby.
“As a result of this, most of the community members appreciate and hail the Ansaru members for defending the town from the bandits’ attack without which they believe that the situation could have been more damaging.
“Hundreds of persons including women and children migrated from the town as a result of the attack.
“The attack was a very organised one because the armed bandits knew that the Ansaru members are covering the town. Hence, it was countered by the Ansaru members.
“However, the casualty figure between the armed bandits and the Ansaru members is unascertained.
“The Ansaru members continue to preach and administer Shari’a justice to locals and also advise them to acquire arms to defend themselves against enemies, as well as fight government, in order to establish what they refer to as Islamic State.”