May 08, (THEWILL) – At least 48 persons have been reportedly killed in a deadly attack by armed bandits in three communities of Zamfara State.
The Sole Administrator of Bakura Local Government, Aminu Suleiman, who confirmed the incident, listed the attacked communities as Sabon Gari Damri, Damri and Kalahe, in Bakura Local Government Area of the State.
He said the bandits, in their large number and riding on motorcycles, launched an attack in Sabon Gari Damri village around 2pm on Friday.
They reportedly killed nine people and then proceeded to Damri community, where they killed four persons including a Police officer and personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The bandits also set ablaze a Hilux vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Police.
The bandits then killed eight persons in Kalahe community, a village between Sabon Gari Damri and Damri town.
According to Suleiman, the bandits attacked a healthcare facility in Damri town and killed some patients who were receiving treatment at the hospital.
“The bandits in their large number were on motorcycles with three persons on each motorcycle, first attacked Sabon Gari Damri and killed four people.
“Gradually they entered Damri town, burnt one Hilux vehicle belonging to the Nigerian Police, they killed one Police officer also and one Civil Defence officer.”
“Military personnels entered the town and exchanged fire and forced the bandits to move back to Sabon Gari Damri, after killing nine people at the village, they went back and killed about twenty-one people”, he said.
Suleiman confirmed that a total of 48 people were killed during the attacks, but police authorities in the state are yet to comment on the latest attack.