The number of those that lost their life in the weekend’s gun attack by bandits on villagers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the Kaduna state has risen to 45.

The Kaduna State Police commissioner, Austin Iwar, on Sunday confirmed the number of the deceased.

Residents said the killings occurred around 2:30 p.m. when the bandits stormed the village in large numbers on motorcycles.

They also burnt many houses in the community.

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The police commissioner said the police have deployed over 150 personnel to the area as directed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Sunday.

“Yes 45 people were confirmed dead and as we speak the state command have already deployed 150 policemen to the area to provide security,” he said.

“We will also deploy another 200 police officers by next week to help protect lives and property in Birnin Gwari. We are doing everything possible to secure the area,” he said.

Birnin Gwari has witnessed several attacks in the past months leading to the death of scores of civilians, soldiers and police officers.