Not fewer than ten people were killed when suspected bandits attacked some communities in Zamfara State on Saturday.
The killers reportedly invaded Kursasa, Kurya and Gidan Achali communities in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State shooting sporadically
Zamfara state has been the haven of repeated bandits attacj in recent times, despite the deployment of thousands of military and police personnel to the state. The criminals are also fond of kidnapping people for ransom.
Residents claim that over 40 people, mainly farmers, were killed in the attacks, but information from the police indicates 10 deaths.
Speaking to Premium Times about the incident, an official of the Shinkafi Local Government Area, said “At Gidan Achali community alone, over 20 people were massacred. And at Kursasa community, 10 people were killed while at Kurya, 13 persons were reported dead.”
He said the “number of people killed at Gidan Achali community is terrible because the high number of casualties in the area is worrisome.”
He also expressed sadness that despite the repeated attacks on Shinkafi and other local governments in Zamfara, the armed persons still moved freely during the act without being challenged by any security operative.
“It is just like there is no constituted authority in Zamfara State. Nobody cares about our lives. We have now become easy prey for bandits in Shinkafi,” he said.
On his part, the Zamfara police spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, said only 10 people were killed at an onion farm in Kursasa community, adding that personnel have been mobilised to the area.