Gunmen Sack Zamfara Village, Kill 18

Gunmen hit Zamfara

No fewer than18 persons had been killed when gunmen attacked Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

DSP Muhammad Shehu, the Public Relations Officer of the command, who confirmed this in a statement issued on Thursday in Gusau said on Feb. 13, hunters from Birani intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some suspected stolen cattle and sheep.

“The herder abandoned the animals and escaped into the bush, but unknown to the hunters, the cattle rustler went to Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State and mobilised bandits to attack the hunters.

“On Feb. 14, the bandits ambushed the hunters in the bush and there was a clash that led to fatality on both sides.

“Police/Military and other sister agencies reacted by combing the bush and it’s environs to salvage the situation and discovered 18 dead bodies.

“It is believed that the bandits took away their own members that were killed. Meanwhile, bush combing is in progress so as to further profile the area.

“Mobile policemen/Special forces and other security personnel from other sister security agencies have already been deployed to the area to restore peace and stability,” he said.

The Spokesman also said that the command’s Intelligence Unit had already embarked on investigation to arrest the perpetrators of the attack.