Bandits kill 21 in fresh Zamfara attack

No fewer than 21 persons have been killed by suspected armed bandits in Badarawa village of Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara state.
In an interview with our reporter, a health educator at the Shinkafi General Hospital who pleaded not to be mentioned confirmed the incident.
According to him, “the bandits besieged the village around 2:30 a.m yesterday and began searching from house to house, and in the process killed 21 persons before they fled into the bush.
“As I am talking to you, 12 people who sustained serious injury have been transferred to Gusau for medication and intensive care, and the remains of those killed have been buried today,” he said.
He then appealed to both the federal and state governments to deploy more security operatives to the area for peace to return as the people of the community were living in serious fear.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of Zamfara Police Command, SP Muhammad Shehu, confirmed the incident, saying however that only six persons were killed, based on their available report.
He, however, added that already, a special anti-terrorist squad had been deployed to the area to restore peace.
In a statement, the police said: “On 13th September, 2018 at about 0015hrs, the Command received a distress call of an ongoing attack at a Badarawa Village Square in Shinkafi LGA.
“Simultaneously, our tactical teams comprising PMF/CTU in conjunction with the military mobilised to the scene and engaged the bandits who fled into the forest.
“While profiling the scene and its environs, six (6) corpses were discovered and ten (10) injured persons who were bleeding profusely were rushed to the hospital for stabilisation.
“Preliminary investigation has disclosed the footpath of the bandits which has been subjected to extensive bush combing that will lead to the arrest of the culprits.
“Meanwhile, there is an established tactical pin down point at entrance and exit of the community.” …Army kills 10 bandits, recovers arms Meanwhile, troops of the Nigerian Army on Operation Whirl Punch in a shoot-out with bandits and kidnappers, killed six suspected kidnappers and four bandits in different operations in Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state.
According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Muhammad Dole, one kidnapper was arrested while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“The troops on Operation Whirl Punch under 1 Division Nigerian Army are steadily making substantial progress in their efforts to rid the society of bandits and kidnappers in Birnin Gwari general area and along Kaduna-Abuja road.
“Likewise, in conjunction with the local vigilance groups, some identified escape routes used by bandits and kidnappers along Kuriga and Gayam general area as well as Maganda, Chiki de Parlour and Farin Ruwa, all located in Chikun LGA in Kaduna state were blocked and many were ambushed.
“Another huge success was recorded when troops cleared Kidan Isa, Gidan Haruna Mobale and Kuduru, where four bandits were neutralised and some escaped with gunshots.
The troops arrested one kidnapper called Musa, who recently kidnapped Alhaji Ahmadu and two other persons from Kano.
The suspect is currently being interrogated.
“The following items were recovered: An AK-47 rifle magazine, 16 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, one Dane gun, a locally made pistol, two mobile telephone handsets.
“The Operation Whirl Punch will continue to exact enormous pressure on the criminals hibernating in these suspected hideouts, until they are either completely cleared or abandoned the areas.
The general public is requested to please continue to provide credible and timely information for the continuous successes of this operation,” the statement said.

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