Armed bandits kill 45 persons in six communities in Zamfara State

April 22, 2021
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Six communities located in Magami District of Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been raided by armed bandits. Buildings were burnt and lives were lost during the raid.

The six communities are ‘Yar Doka, Kango, Ruwan Dawa, Madaba, Arzikin Da and Mairairai. Residents said armed men first laid siege on ‘Yar Doka village on motorbikes and short any one at sight. The village is about 7 km west of Magami town.

“The whereabouts of dozens of residents who escaped the siege is still unknown”.

According to report, it was revealed that from ‘Yar Doka, the attackers went to another village called Kango and shot at least 11 people dead. A resident identified as Halliru Bala, said the armed men also killed 13 people in Ruwan Dawa community along Gusau – Dansadau road. The village is 58 km south of Gusau, the state capital.

“They also shot dead seven people at Madaba, two at Mairairai and five people at Arzikin Da communities”.

“As I am talking to you, the seven bodies of the slain residents had already been brought to Magami town and they would be buried this evening immediately after Iftar,” he said. Bala said most those killed were the people who had gone to offer help to the communities under attack”.

“You know, people in rural communities hardly look the other way when ever their neighbours are under attack,” he said.

It was reported that residents of ‘Yar Doka community had left their homes after a deadly attack by the armed men some months ago but were assaulted again just a day after they returned.

Another resident with the name Babangida said, “The bandits attacked the community and burnt their food stores. The residents had to take shelter in Magami. They decided to return but unknown to them, the armed criminals were planning to attack them again”.

“The assailants moved from one village to another. I saw injured residents being conveyed to a medical facility. The vigilantes known as ‘Yan Sakai had gone to Yar Doka community to repel the attack but were forced to return by the superior firepower of the attackers”.

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