A FRESH ATTACK IN ZAMFARA
Spokesperson for the Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, disclosed this while confirming the attack in a statement on Thursday.
He said the bandits invaded Gidan Halilu village in Billashe district of Birnin Magaji Local Government Area (LGA) on Wednesday and attacked some villagers who were on their farms.
Shehu explained that the command got the report of the attack and consequently deployed personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU), as well as conventional police officers in the village.
He added that the team was led by the Area Commander Kauran Namoda with a view to restoring normalcy in the area and arrest the perpetrators.
Upon their arrival, the police team found five people killed and one injured by the bandits.
The injured victim has since been taken to the hospital while the police commenced a search operation to prevent a reoccurrence of the attack.
The command said it has restored normalcy in the area and urged the people of the state to report strange movement or persons to the security agencies.
Earlier, eyewitnesses said the bandits attacked three communities in Birnin Magaji LGA of the state.
According to them, the gunmen opened fire on farmers who were harvesting sweet potatoes at one of the communities, Garin Haladu.
Contrary to the police account, the residents said the death toll from the attack was worrisome while others who were seriously injured were receiving treatment at a hospital.