Pregnant Woman, Newborn Die While Fleeing Bandits in Kaduna
Pregnant Woman, Newborn Die While Fleeing Bandits in Kaduna: A pregnant woman and her newborn have died while running from terrorists’ attack in Damari town, Kazage ward of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state. The woman who gave birth while fleeing was reported to have died alongside the newborn baby shortly after delivery.
The rampaging terrorists who besieged the community on Sunday were reported to have abducted 50 people during the attack.
The Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU), disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Kaduna.
The statement signed by Ishaq Kasai, chairman of BEPU, said the incident occurred on Sunday when the terrorists surrounded the community an unleash mayhem on residents.
He said in the last five days, BEPU had been alerting relevant authorities and the general public of the heartless attacks by terrorists in Damari, following the withdrawal of Ansaru, a splinter group of Boko Haram, from the area.
According to the statement, the persistent attacks on the community “in the last 72 hours had reached a catastrophic situation.”
The statement said, “As at yesterday (Sunday) bandits encircled Damari and abducted about 50 people, before and after troops from military field-base in Dogon-Dawa, went to the town and escorted some remnants of the residents who were willing to move to comfort zones in neighbouring communities and even to as far away Zaria.
“The most worrisome situation is w. a pregnant woman was running away along side her colleagues and was left by the fleeing groups and she fell down and delivered a baby boy but unfortunately, both the mother and the baby lost their lives instantly.”
Kasai said, Damari is considered as the largest town in the entire Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari.
He said about 20,000 people, including women and children have been displaced by the incessant attacks in the area.
“Even today, the bandits returned to the town unchallenged, burnt a vehicle, kidnapped scores, intercepted and maltreated people, a development that reflects the level of serious security situation facing our community.
“This calamitous attrocities of armed bandits have made, Damari, an agrarian community that yearly produced over 600 tonnes of maize grains abandoned their ancestral homes and farms for safety”, the statement said.
It added that, “BEPU is highly concerned with the ugly situation of the citizens of Birnin-Gwari LGA, particularly those in the local communities w.by despite all efforts to draw the attention of higher authorities for action as entails in the constitutional, has failed.
The statement sympathised with the people of the community over their travails and promised to support them in any way possible.
The group vowed that it will not relent on advancing engagement with government, “whose primary responsibility as enshrined in the Constitution is the protection of lives and properties of the citizenry, to do the needful.”
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