Fresh Attack By Suspected Bandits Leave 25 Dead In Zamfara State
At least 25 people are said to have been killed on Wednesday after suspected bandits attacked two villages in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Residents who spoke to Daily Trust said, a motor bike-riding gang of armed men opened fire on locals harvesting sweet potatoes on their farms at Garin Halilu village, killing nine on the spot.
The attackers reportedly returned to the community and killed three others around 5:00pm when the bodies of the slain farmers were being prepared for burials.
“They then proceeded to neighboring Gidan Kaka village and shot dead nine persons there. And the remaining four persons killed were from Nassarawa Gödel village who went to offer help to those under attack at Gidan Haliliu,” a resident, Tukur Gödel, told Daily Trust.
The spokesman of the state police command, Muhammad Shehu, however said only five persons were killed and that calm had returned.
“The Zamfara State Police Command wishes to Confirm that On 19/12/2018 at about 1505hrs, a group of armed bandits attacked some villagers of Gidan Halilu Village in Billashe district of Birnin Magaji LGA on their farms. On receipt of the report, Combined teams of PMF/CTU and Conventional police personnel headed by the Area Commander Kauran Namoda mobilized to the affected village to repel the attack, restore normalcy and arrest the perpetrators.
“On getting to the scene, five corpses were recovered with one other person injured. The corpses were taken to Hospital in Birnin Magaji, while the injured person was admitted for treatment. The scene and its environs have been subjected to extensive bush combing with a view to prevent further attack,” he said.
He asked members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the nearest police station for prompt action.
Recall that the chairman of Tsafe Local Government Area of the state, Aliyu Abukabar, yesterday disclosed that about 40 people were killed and 1,700 others displaced in his local government in the last two weeks.
According to Abubakar, more than five communities were sacked in recent attacks by suspected armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the local government causing more people to relocate to the local government headquarters for refuge, Naija News reports.
Some of the victims taking refuge at the Government Girls Focal Secondary School in Tsafe town narrated their ordeals.
Alhaji Yusuf Wambai, village head of Asaula community, said he was the first person to flee his village when he learnt that the armed had intensified attacks on the neighbouring communities.
“I left the village and my subjects followed me. We are not secured the government should deployed more security operatives to our communities,” he pleaded.
A pregnant woman, identified as Ra’aina, said she trekked several kilometres alongside her husband to the headquarters of Tsafe local government for safety.
However, a police source said the villages affected were mostly deserted with the armed bandits torching local grain silos abandoned by the residents.