No fewer than 13 residents Damaga community, Maradun local government of Zamfara State died in the wake of an onslaught by armed men just as a number of cows were rustled.
Residents said dozens of unidentified armed men arrived on motorcycles and opened fire immediately.
“They arrived at the community around 1pm and started shooting people. Students were taking lessons at the Day Secondary School in the community but on sighting the armed criminals, they abandoned the classrooms and scampered for safety”
“As I’m talking to you, the bodies of the victims are being recovered and we have concluded arrangements for their burials,” a resident identified as Musa Damaga told Daily Trust.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Muhammad Shehu, simply said: “Give me some time I will get back to you.”
Zamfara is one of the states where bandits have made life a living hell for the people.
Worried by the high rate of attacks, President Muhammadu Buhari had declared the state a no-fly zone and also banned mining activities.
He had also ordered the deployment of 6000 troops in the state.