Just in: Police confirm fresh attack in Zamfara village, 15 slayed
Barely one week after the killing of 26 people in a community in Zamfara, gunmen have again hit another village in the state, killing 15 people, the public relations officer of the state police command, DSP Muhammad Shehu, has confirmed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shehu spoke about the incident on Saturday, June 2, in Gusau that the bandits killed the people in a village called Zakuna.
The report quoted him as saying the village is in the Anka local government area of Zamfara, the state that has been repeatedly attacked in recent times leaving many dead and properties destroyed.
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According to Shehu, the attackers invaded Zakuna in the early hour of June 1 and rustled cows belonging to villagers.
He said a vigilance group known as Yansakai took on the rustlers, forcing them to flee only for the bandits to reinforce and attack the village, killing 15 people.
“On receiving the reports of the attack, the police mobilised to the village and discovered 15 dead bodies majority of whom were Yansakai.
“The police have, however, deployed heavy security to the area to maintain peace and stability.
“Bush combing and rigorous patrol is being carried out throughout the area by the police to avoid further loss of lives,” he said.
Shehu said that the state’s commissioner of police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered discreet investigation on the latest incident to catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice.