- Not fewer than 20 people have been killed in a fresh attack by bandits in Zamfara
- The attack happened in Tungar Kwana village in Talata Mafara local government area on Tuesday, October 20
- The police in the state have confirmed the incident and pledged that the perpetrators will be brought to book
Amid the #EndSARS protests which have turned violent across Nigeria, some suspected bandits have unleashed another mayhem in Zamfara state.
According to Premium Times, at least 20 people were killed by the bandits on Tuesday, October 20, in Tungar Kwana village in Talata Mafara local government area.
The newspaper reported that residents of the village said the gunmen arrived the community on motorbikes after blocking the entry and exit points before carrying out the attack.
A resident who spoke under the condition of anonymity said:
“It was a well planned and coordinated attack; they also stole many livestock and escaped to the forest."
Legit.ng gathers that the resident alleged that the attack was in retaliation for the massive ongoing onslaught by Nigerian security forces against the armed bandits in their forest enclave.
The Emir of Talata Mafara, Bello Muhammed, led the funeral prayer for the victims on Wednesday morning, October 21.
Many residents have reportedly deserted the community in fear, with those left behind appealing for the deployment of more security personnel to the area.
The police spokesperson for Zamfara state, Mohammed Shehu, also reported confirmed that 20 people were killed by bandits.
According to him, the bandits see the rural residents as informants for the security agencies.
Shehu gave an assurance that the criminals would be arrested to face the weight of the law.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that several bandits were killed after the Nigerian Air force bombarded the camps used by the insurgents in the Kwiambana Forest area of Zamfara state.
John Enenche, the spokesperson for the defence headquarters disclosed in a statement that the attack was carried out on Tuesday, September 15.
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