Barely 72 hours after the deadly attack on some communities in Zamfara state by bandits, the hoodlums again struck Sunday killing 20 persons, mostly members of the Civilian Joint Task Force.
Some 30 members of the CJTF were also killed Thursday by unknown gunmen at Kwaren Shikafi village in Shinkafi local government area of the state.
The bandits were said to have ambushed the CJTF operatives escorting traders from Kware village to Shinkafi on market day.
In the process, several traders were reportedly injured with the hoodlums carting away valuables worth millions of Naira.
The fresh attack
And in a fresh attack Sunday, another round of 20 CJTF members were killed by the yet-to-be identified miscreants in Danjibga village of Tsafe local government area of the state in what was considered a reprisal.
A resident of the area, Malam Mustafa Adam Danjibga who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone said the bandits numbering over 100, stormed the community on motorcycles and attempted to raid the village at around 1:00 pm.
They were, however, repelled by the CJTF operatives who put up a gallant fight in defence of the communities.
He said: “During the exchange of gunfire with CJTF, some communities of Kwaren Ganuwa, Keta villages mobilised themselves to counter the bandits, and in the process, the bandits killed 23 of our CJTF operatives,” Danjibga said.
At the end of the fight, the hoodlums were said to have left behind three of their motorcycles, even as some of them escaped with injury.
Danjibga said those killed during the fire exchange had been buried today (Monday) according to Islamic rights.
He appealed to the federal and state governments to show further commitment by deploying more troops to fight the bandits
As at the time of filing this report, the state’s police public relations officer SP Muhammad Shehu could not be reached by our correspondent on the development.