15 Die In Zamfara Attack
Again, a community in Zamfara State has been thrown into mourning.
Gunmen invaded Zukuna community in Nigeria’s north west state of Zamfara, killing 15 people.
The attack happened barely one week after the killing of 26 people in the state and 24 hours after police said it repelled an attack on another community in the state.
Confirming the attach, the spokesman for the Zamfara State Police Command, DSP. Muhammad Shehu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Gusau that the bandits killed the people in a village called Zakuna, in Anka Local Government Area.
The beleaguered state has seen repeated attacks in recent times that have left scores dead.
According to Mr Shehu, the attackers invaded Zakuna in the early hours of June 1 and stole cows belonging to villagers.
According to him, a vigilance group known as Yansakai challenged the rustlers, forcing them to flee only for the bandits to reinforce and attack the village, killing 15 people.
“On receiving the reports of the attack, the police mobilised to the village and discovered 15 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," he stated.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered discreet investigation into the latest incident to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
He pleaded with communities in the state not to relent in providing information to security operatives to end the deadly attacks in the state.
On May 25, some communities in Gidangoga District in the Maradun Local Government Area of the state were similarly attacked by bandits, resulting to the death of 26 people, with three others injured.
The increasing attack on communities in the state was raised at the Senate plenary few days ago by Senator Kabir Marafa.
He had told the Senate that about 80 persons have been killed in Zamfara State in the past one week.
After he raised the issue, the Senate said it would quiz the National Security Adviser on the issue and also send a delegation to the State to ascertain the level of destruction.
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