Again, gunmen tried to attack Dokolo village in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

But police said it repelled the raid.

The command’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Administration, Bukar Biu, said at a press briefing on Friday in Gusau that one of the attackers was killed in the encounter that occurred on Thursday. 

Biu said the police responded after receiving a distress call from the area that armed bandits on motorcycles attempted to invade the village.

“Fortunately, a combined team of mobile policemen and vigilante group led by Divisional Police Officer, Tsafe Division quickly responded and engaged the bandits in a gun duel.

“They eventually overpowered the bandits and forced them to beat a retreat back to the forest with possible bullet wounds.

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“One of the bandits was killed and we recovered one AK-47 rifle and two operational motorcycles”, he said.

According to him, security has been beefed up within the area to forestall any violence or reprisal.

He reiterated the command’s efforts to ensure protection of lives and property.

Biu appealed to members of the public to continue to cooperate with the police and other security agencies by providing useful information on criminals and their activities.

It came two days after a Senator raised concerns about attacks happening in Zamfara during plenary. 

He had told the Senate that over 80 persons have been killed in the attacks in one week. 

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