More than 40 persons have been killed and many injured following attacks by bandits on Thursday evening in some villages in Zamfara state.
The villages bandits attacked are Wari Tsaune, Gidan Adamu, Gidan Maidawa of Faru, all in the Maradun Local Government Area of the state.
Also several cows were said to have been rustled during the attack.
While some Shops in the affected villages were looted by the gunmen.
An indigene name Malam Buba Faru, narrated how the bandits, who were riding over 100 motorcycles, stormed the communities located few kilometres at the eastern part of Faru town.
Buba said the bandits shot indiscriminately at the people and burnt their houses and food stores.
“They were shooting sporadically at people they came across in the five communities. They also attacked farmers who were in their farmlands cultivating their crops.
“So far, 42 dead bodies have been recovered by the security and volunteer groups in the area.”
The Police Command spokesperson of the state , Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident.
According to him, their corpses were taken to Faru town where they were buried.
Shehu stated that the police could not reach the affected communities on time when they were informed of the bandits’ attack due to the road network.
“The police personnel tried their best to reach the affected communities on receiving the information that the bandits were there but unfortunately they could not reach the places because of the bad roads,” he said.
He explained that the “police are currently working tirelessly” to arrest the bandits, he said.