More than 30 people have been killed in fresh attacks by gunmen in Birnin-Magaji local government area of Zamfara state.
Muhammad Gusami, the chairman of the council, said on July 5, Sunday, that the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages in the area.
Gusami said that the gunmen invaded Kokeya village with motorcycles and killed two people, set some houses ablaze and carted away animals. He noted that the incident had been reported to the divisional police officer of Birnin-Magaji as well as soldiers on surveillance of the zone.
According to the chairman, the gunmen returned the next day and also invaded the neighbouring village of Chigama.
“The gunmen, however, killed more than 30 persons whose bodies were still being recovered from the bush,’’ he said.
Gusami noted that the Chigama attack took place shortly after three police trucks left the village when they noticed that peace had returned to the area. The armed bandits also set several houses on fire on their second attack on Chigama village.
Premium Times did not state when the bloody attacks occurred.
One of the witnesses, Ibrahim Sani, said that the gunmen attacked the villagers when they were returning from their prayers.
“The attackers shot sporadically in the air which prompted the people of Chigama to intervene. That may have provoked the gunmen to come back so as to punish Chigama people for trying to prevent the attack the previous day.
“While three persons were killed from Kokeya and Chigama on the first day in Kokeya, more than 50 were killed on the second day in Chigama while several houses were burnt,” Sani said.
Meanwhile, Sanusi Amiru, the police public relations officer, confirmed the attack and added that the police and army have moved to the area to restore peace and order there.
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