30 dead as gunmen attack Zamfara village
Fresh attacks by gun carrying bandits, has resulted in the death of at least 30 persons in Malikawa village of Gidan Goga district in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Reports have it that the bandits had earlier attacked and killed five persons who had gone to work in their farms.
A villager, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity, said the attackers shot the five persons who had gone to their farms to plant seeds.
According to the source, the attackers also didn’t allow the residents to bury the victims as they attacked those who attended the funeral procession.
“Five villagers who had gone to plant seeds on their farmlands were shot dead in the morning by the armed bandits hiding in a forest near our community.
“Thus, when people of the area went to get the corpses for burial, the gunmen started shooting sporadically and they killed about 25 persons,” he said.
The arrival of soldiers in the community however, allowed the villagers to hold the funeral prayers for the victims, Naija News learnt.
Confirming the killings, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Zamfara State Police Command, Muhammad Shehu, said the attack was a result of a land dispute between two warring factions.
He added that security operatives had been deployed to the area to restore law and order as well as prevent further attacks.