At least 50 persons were reported dead with several others wounded as armed bandits invade six communities on Wednesday in Zamfara State.
According to the reports, the bandits attacked over six communities in Magami Ward of Gusau Local Government Area and Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The affected communities include Kangon farimana, Ruwan dawa, Yargada, Kunkelai, Yarzaiga, Yar doka Gobirawa, Bayan Banki, and Biyabiki in Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of the State.
Most of the victims of the attack are members of the local vigilante group known as Yansakai.
According to eye witnesses, the bandits stormed the communities in the early hours of Wednesday and started shooting sporadically in the air to scare the locals before unleashing mayhem.
Members of the vigilante group who attempted to repel the attack were overpowered by the criminals.
The exact figures of the casualties cannot be ascertained as at the time of filing this report but locals said at least 50 persons were killed during the simultaneous attacks.
The state government delegation are expected to visit the affected communities today but they are still waiting for security clearance before proceeding on the journey as the communities are still hot zone.
Police in the state have confirmed the incident but said troops could not reach out to the scene of the attack as they were not informed in good time due to a lack of mobile phone network in the affected areas.
The police noted that troops attached to operation Puff Adder II stationed in Magami moved to the locations on foot with a view to forestalling further attacks on neighbouring communities and their response is being awaited to ascertain the level of damage done by the assailants. (ChannelsTV)