Gunmen Kill 33, Injure Several In Zamfara

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File photo: The Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Zurmi in yellow dress among those who attended the funeral prayers for those killed by armed bandits in Zurmi local government area, Zamfara State.

By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau

Armed bandits on Thursday again struck in Birane village of Zurmi Local Government Area, Zamfara State killing at least 33 people and injuring several others.

Confirming the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Zamfara State Command, DSP Muhammad Shehu, said the Command is yet to ascertain the exact causalities figure but report available indicated that many people were feared dead and many injured.

He said the police is currently on top of the situation as already combine team  have been deployed to the area to ensure restoration of peace in the area.

“Unfortunately when the community received message by the bandits that they will soon attack them, no one inform security agencies and  the local hunters went to their hideout inside nearby bush and confronted the bandits,” he said.

According a resident of the area, Muhammad Bello Zurmi,
the bandits besieged Birane market and began shooting sporadically which led to the death of the over 33 people on the spot and several others sustaining injuries.

Bello who spoke on phone said the attack maybe a retaliation by the armed bandits as they have promised to do when two of their members were killed by local hunters in the area about two weeks ago.

He said bandits also attacked a truck and killed all the passengers and set the truck ablaze.

The deceased have been buried according to Islamic injunctions while those injured are receiving treatment at hospital.

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