The Zamfara State Police Command confirmed today that unknown gunmen killed many people believed to be miners at Bindim in Maru Local government area of the state.
Speaking to reporters in Gusau, the Spokesman of Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP ), Shehu Muhammad, stated that the record available to the command indicated that many people lost their lives during the attack.
On Monday night, a group of armed bandit suspected to be cattle rustlers raided a mining site at Gidan Ardo Village under Bindin District in Dansadau emirate of Maru Local government area of the state, killing scores of persons, with others injured.
Isa Muhammad, a source who witnessed the incident, said:
“The bandits numbering over 50 invaded the site at around 3:00pm on Monday and seized all their belongings”.
The source further added that the attackers opened fire on miners and killed more than 30 people who were underground while digging out some gold while many people were injured seriously.
More than 20 people were missing during the attack.
“As I am talking to you now, our lives are in danger as no security agents were deployed to this area and we don’t even have food and water to eat and drink”.