According to Channels Television, the attackers, who reportedly came from neighboring Zamfara State, struck the village around 7:00 pm.
The Kaduna state police chief, Austin Iwar, confirmed the attack, saying: "There was violence between the militias, who are very powerful, and bandits".
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai commiserated with Birnin Gwari Emirate over the "fatal" attack.
To contain the situation, Mr El-Rufai said the military will station a permanent army battalion in Birnin-Gwari.
The group added: "While we commend the resilience of the courageous vigilantes and volunteers, we equally call on the people of Birnin-Gwari to remain calm and vigilant for peaceful burial rites of the deceased and await government's response (if any) on the massacre of innocent lives and destruction of their homes by armed bandits".
Local sources however said the bodies were earlier lined up at the palace of Emir of Birnin-Gwari for funeral prayer, but later conveyed to Doka town for the funeral rites.
"Kaduna State Government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari Local Government".
"The engagements between the state and federal governments have yielded results".
"The new security arrangements also involve policing". They also completely burnt down many houses in Gwaska village where they spent over three hours.
Naija News understands that he ordered the State Emergency Management Agency to make relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities.
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