Armed bandits Tuesday attacked several communities in Talata Mafara and Bakura local government areas in Zamfara state, killing scores of people.
The affected communities are Ruwan Gora and Ruwan Gizo (Talata Mafara) and Yar geda (Bakura).
Local sources stated that the village head of Yargeda, Abdu Umaru, was killed by the bandits.
Kabiru Muhammad, a civil servant and resident of Bakura town, stated further that the attackers arrived in the community around 11:45 p.m.
“As usual, they came on motorcycles and started shooting sporadically the moment they entered the village. You could hear the gunshots from Talata Mafara main town. After the attack, four people were killed including the village head, who was killed inside his house. Others were killed throughout the community. A local trader, Malami Shehu and several other persons were kidnapped,” he said.
Muhammad said they could not ascertain the number of those killed because according to him some residents might have run into the bush during the attack.
Sole administrator of Talata Mafara local government, Dahiru Maiyara, confirmed the attacks on the communities.
“Yes. Ruwan Gora and Ruwan Gizo were attacked, so also Yargeda under Bakura. We know so far that the village head of Yargeda has been killed alongside other residents. Overall, we’ve not gathered the number of those killed and those abducted. The attacks were simultaneously carried out,” he said.