Scores of armed bandits on Friday attacked four villages in Maradun Local Government Area, Zamfara State, killing 29 people.
Saturday Sun quoted a source as saying that the rampaging gun men who stormed the four villages in droves arrived on motorbikes and began shooting sporadically.
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Seven people were killed at Yan’ kamoji, nine at Sabon Gida, 11 at Tubali and two at Kaya villages respectively, the source added
During the raid, another group of armed bandits attacked Kansa village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing two mobile policemen among four others, and kidnapping over 40 people.
Another source, Yau Mohammed Dansadau, said the armed men that attacked the Gobirawa-Bindin-Magami Road, laid in wait for the passengers on their way to Magami Market and started firing at the over 100 of them who were traders.
He said: “The situation is gradually getting out of hand as these heartless bandits seem not ready to stop these killings and kidnapping. We are calling on security operatives to please try and rescue the victims”.
An eyewitness claimed he overheard the gunmen saying they were on revenge mission following the recent military onslaught on them, which led to the death of some of their members and the seizure of their cattle.
They also threatened not to release the over 40 people kidnapped until the cattle seized by the military are returned to them.
The raid is coming barely days after some armed bandits had attacked a mining site, where more than 35 people were killed. The military then launched an offensive against them, killing many with stolen cattle rescued.