‘Twenty people dead’ as armed bandits strike again, sack communities

‘Twenty people dead’ as armed bandits strike again, sack communities

No fewer than 20 persons have been found dead following an attack by suspected bandits on Yan-Kukoki and Danbanda communities in Gummi LGA, Zamfara state.

According to the Cable, corpses of the 20 persons were found around a stream, a day after suspected bandits attacked the communities.

The Cable reported that one of the residents who escaped the attack explained that the bandits came on Wednesday morning with the intention to steal cows.

The resident said the invasion of the bandits which came with sporadic shooting forced the villagers to flee to nearby a bush.

“People were running, and some fell into the stream, some were shot at. We didn’t know anything until we started seeing their bodies, and now we have counted 20,” the source said.

Other residents who spoke to the online newspaper said they had suspected the movement of the bandits around the area about a week ago.

The residents stressed that one of the village heads had even called the authorities at the LGA to report the suspicious movement of the bandits before they eventually struck.

One of the residents said: “They came in large numbers around 9am.”

The bandits who were said to have used the Gummi-Sokoto road also operated in Danbanda, a village 3 kilometres away from Gummi town.

Sources in the area said five people were abducted during the attack.

On the Gummi-Gusau road where the bandits also struck, sources said 10 people were abducted.

“In fact, they burnt some vehicles on this road,” one of the sources said.

According to the Cable, some soldiers have been deployed to the area as of Thursday morning, even as the bandits had created an operational base in Birsawa forest which is between Zamfara and Sokoto.

“They have been in that forest for three days now, and I can tell you, they are still there,” the source added.

But when contacted, police spokesperson in the state, Muhammed Shehu, however dismissed the report, saying “It is not correct. Gummi is calm.”

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