Residents stated 18 folks had been reportedly killed on Sunday morning after gunmen loyal to a infamous bandit kingpin, Damina, attacked Kango and Dangulbi villages in Maru native authorities space of Zamfara state.
Residents from the communities stated a number of individuals who fled the assault had been but to return.
Maru native authorities is a hotbed for banditry within the state.
The 18 victims had been buried in accordance with Islamic rites after the assault, a village chief, who requested to not be named, stated.
One other supply, Shehu Ismaila, a resident of Maru city stated 13 folks had been killed in Dangulbi whereas 5 had been killed in Kango. Ismaila is from Dangulbi.
He stated the bandits attacked Kango first earlier than shifting to Dangulbi the place they killed a number of the residents engaged on their farms.
“Six folks had been killed outdoors the neighborhood whereas the remaining seven had been killed inside the primary village. These killed had been early risers who had been presumably making an attempt to do some work on their farm earlier than returning dwelling to proceed with the Sallah celebrations,” he stated.
He added that the 5 killed in Kango had been all shot.
He stated their burial was delayed until night as a result of “all of the residents fled.”
A resident of Dansadau, Yusuf Abdullahi, stated his sister-in-law virtually acquired caught up within the assault when she went to spend the Sallah vacation in Dangulbi neighborhood together with her aunt.
“She has known as to say she was fantastic however one in every of their neighbours was killed whereas a number of folks in the home she went to are nonetheless lacking,” he stated.
It’s believed lots of these lacking are hiding within the bush and will return.
Mr Ismaila instructed Premium Occasions that final week, the bandits’ chief, Damina, demanded N2 million from Dangulbi neighborhood as ‘safety levy’.
He stated members of the neighborhood had been unable to lift the cash.
Nevertheless, the village chief stated a truce was reached with Damina and they didn’t count on he would assault the village.
The police spokesman within the state, Mohammed Shehu, didn’t reply to calls and SMS despatched to him for feedback in regards to the assault.