Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed not less than forty-two people in five communities of Faru district in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The affected communities are Tsauni, Gudan-Baushi, Gidan-Adamu, Wari and Gudan-Maidawa.
A resident of the affected community identified as Malam Buba Faru said the bandits invaded the communities on over 100 motorcycles.
He further stated that the criminals shot indiscriminately at the people and burnt their houses and food stores.
“They were shooting sporadically at people they came across in the five communities. They also attacked farmers who were in their farmlands cultivating their crops.”
“So far, 42 dead bodies have been recovered by the security and volunteer groups in the area.”
The spokesperson of the state Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, who confirmed the incident disclosed that 35 people were killed in the incident.
He added that police operatives could not access the affected communities on time when they were informed of the bandits’ attack due to the road network.
“The police personnel tried their best to reach the affected communities on receiving the information that the bandits were there but unfortunately they could not reach the places because of the bad roads,” he said.
He maintained that the “police are currently working tirelessly” to arrest the bandits.