Armed bandits have struck again in a village called Zakuna in Zamfara State killing 15 people, barely a week after the killing of 26 people in a community in the state. The state has seen repeated attacks in recent times that have left scores dead, and added to the agony of unending attacks that have been blamed largely on the jihadist group, Boko Haram.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Zamfara State Police Command, DSP. Muhammad Shehu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Gusau that the bandits killed their victims in a village located in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara in Nigeria’s northwest.
According to Shehu, the attackers who invaded Zakuna in the early hour of June 1 and rustled cows belonging to villagers, were forced to flee at first by a vigilance group known as Yansakai. However they reinforced and struck again, killing 15 people in their second attack.
“On receiving the reports of the attack, the police mobilised to the village and discovered 15 dead bodies majority of whom were Yansakai.
“The police have, however, deployed heavy security to the area to maintain peace and stability.
“Bush combing and rigorous patrol is being carried out throughout the area by the police to avoid further loss of lives.”
NAN reported that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered discreet investigation in the latest incident to catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice, as he also pleaded with communities in the state not to relent in providing information to security operatives to end the deadly attacks in the state.
Few weeks ago, we reported that an outbreak of gang violence in Zamfara State left at least 27 people dead. Suspected cattle thieves launched reprisal attacks on two villages in Zamfara State, where security forces are battling to contain cattle-rustling gangs. Gunmen on motorcycles attacked neighbouring Kabaro and Danmami villages in Maru district.