- Armed bandits have launched a fresh attack on Damaga, a community in Zamfara state
- At least 13 people were reportedly killed by the bandits while several cows were rustled
- Some students studying at a secondary school in the community fled for their lives as the bandits stormed the community
Suspected bandits struck again on Wednesday, March 10, in Damaga community, Maradun local government area of Zamfara state.
The newspaper cited residents as saying dozens of the unidentified armed men arrived on motorcycles and opened fire immediately.
At least 13 people were reportedly killed in the attack while cows were also rustled.
In another related development, armed bandits have abducted 100 miners between Anka and Maru local government areas of Zamfara state.
Attahiru Ahmad, Emir of Anka in Zamfara, made the disclosure on Tuesday, March 9, when Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff (CDS), led service chiefs on an assessment visit to the state.
The emir said the attack occurred when state officials were trying to secure the release of the 279 Jangebe schools girls. He added that 10 people were killed during the abduction of the miners.
The emir said:
''The peace and dialogue initiative of our governor has become necessary because at the moment we have fewer than 5,000 security men fighting over 30,000 bandits.''
Governor Bello Matawalle made the announcement in a broadcast to residents of the state on Tuesday evening, March 9.
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