Armed gunmen on Tuesday morning killed 23 persons in the Kabaje and Tunga communities of Kauran Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Naija News understands that the attack occurred as early as 5.00am.
The attack occurred after a wife of one of the bandits, identified as Anas was killed earlier in the community.
The bandits attacked the communities in Zamfara in a reprisal attack in just few minutes after Anas’s death.
Anas said to be a resident of Unguwar Sarki in Kabaje was suspected to be one of the informants to the bandits.
The Chairman of Kauran Namoda local government, Alhaji Lawal Abdullahi confirmed the incident.
A resident in the area identified as Aliyu Yishau narrated the sequence of events as thus: “What happened was that a group of local vigilantes otherwise known as ‘Yan sakai’ intercepted and executed a commercial motorbike rider conveying the wife and son of a bandit from a forest to nearby village”
“The commercial rider, had for quite a long time, been suspected of becoming an informant to armed bandits in forest and also serving as their errand boy. Following the development, he was kept under close watch and was seen carrying a wife and son of a suspected gunman”
“Owing to this, the rider was killed alongside his passengers. I think this is what triggered the retaliation by the armed men. As I speak to you, we are at the cemetery preparing for the burial of the victims. I can see fighter jets hovering around in search of the attackers. We are here together with soldiers and other security operatives,” Aliyu Yushau said.