Bandits kill 14 in renewed attack on Zamfara state

Bandits kill 14 in renewed attack on Zamfara state

- Bandits kill 14 people in a renewed attack in Babban Rafi village in Gwalli district of Gummi local government area of Zamfara state

- A resident, who did not want to be named, discloses that the bandits arrived the village on about 43 motorbikes

- The gunmen were reported to have carted away with several valuables from the villagers, including money, mobile phones, and livestock among others

Fourteen people were killed on Thursday, January 16, when bandits attacked Babban Rafi village in Gwalli district of Gummi local government area of Zamfara state.

A resident, who did not want to be named, told Daily Trust that the bandits who arrived in about 43 motorbikes first made a stop at Barikin Daji village before proceeding to Babban Rafi village.

When they laid siege on the (Barikin Daji) village, the gunmen asked residents to stay indoors. They started going from house to house collecting mobile phones, money and other valuables. They told the residents that they were heading to Babban Rafi village on Jihad mission," the source said.

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The resident said someone escaped to inform other people of Babban Rafi that armed men were coming to attack the community.

He said the timely information had helped dozens of them to escape by fleeing the village even before they had arrived.

Channels TV reports that the bandits opened fire on the residents during the invasion of Babban Rafi village, a situation which police said resulted in the death of 14 people.

The gunmen were reported to have carted away with several valuables from the villagers, including money, mobile phones, and livestock among others.

The spokesperson of the Zamfara police command, Mohammed Shehu, said the bandits invaded Babban Rafi village from neighbouring Kebbi state.

He said the police had deployed a combined team of operatives of the police mobile force, counter-terrorism unit, and federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the village.

Shehu stated that security operatives are doing their best to go after the perpetrators and apprehend them in order to bring them to book.

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In another report, suspected bandits have reportedly attacked 10 communities in Chikun and Birnin Gwari local government areas of Kaduna state, allegedly killing 35 people and abducting another 58.

The Cable reports that the suspected carried out the attacks on Monday, January 6, and demanded the payment of N100 million ransom for the release of their victims. Some residents have fled their homes after the deadly attack.

One of the residents, Habila Sarkin Noma, said the bandits called to demand N100 million ransom to release the victims alive.

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