Many Dead As Bandits Attack Villages in Zamfara

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Armed bandits have continued attacks in Zamfara, on Thursday Gidan Goga community in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State, was attacked leaving an more than 20 people dead and several others injured.

According to residents of Gidan Goga, armed men arrived at the community on motorbikes firing at residents before they took away cows and other domestic animals.

A former commissioner for Education in the state, who also hails from the community, Alhaji Ibrahim Danmalikin Gidan Goga, confirmed the attack to journalists, saying the gunmen arrived around 1pm.

“Soldiers were alerted and they arrived even before the armed criminals fled. Gun duel ensued between soldiers and the armed bandits. I can’t tell you the precise number of people that died in the attack now, but I can tell you that many of the residents have fled the community,” he said.

The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

Few days ago, bandits also killed 22 people in Tungar Kwana village of Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday 21 October.

An indigene of the village, Malam Ahmed Mohammed, said over 100 bandits invaded the village around 11 pm where they began to shoot people indiscriminately.

He stated, “Twenty-two people including children and women were killed instantly, while other people escaped to the forest.

Mohammed also said that many people sustained gunshot wounds and were currently in the hospital for treatment.
The bandits also stole many animals.

He Maintained that the village has been deserted for fear of the return of the bandits who he said had been attacking the people of the village in the past.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said, “The police have confirmed the killing of 20 people in that village but not 22.”

Shehu explained that the bandits were targeting the villagers because they ( villagers) gave useful information to the security agents which led to the killing of several bandits last week.

“The villagers told the security agents useful information about some bandits who rustled cows last week and the information had assisted greatly in locating and killing many of them.

“Since that time, the bandits were targeting the villagers in order to avenge the killing of their people.”

He said that the police command had drafted its personnel to arrest those bandits and bring them to justice.

The governor of Zamfara, reacting to the killings, said on Twitter, “I was at the State house earlier today to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the current security situation in Zamfara, particularly two days ago, 20 people were killed in Talata Mafara LGA.

“The president assured me that the Army and other security agencies will be mobilized with immediate effect.”

Several reactions have trailed the killings in Zamfara and other parts of the North West.

Yusuf Anka, a journalist, said “There is a killing spree in Zamfara. The people are forced to accepting it, mourning in silence. The people are no longer fleeing their communities in large number, the wait helplessly.”

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