At least 11 people were reportedly killed on Sunday night, and 20 women and children were kidnapped by bandits in Zamfara State.

The terrorists, numbering around 250, reportedly attacked Gidan Zuma village in the state’s Bungudu Local Government Area, killing 11 people and abducting 20 women and an indeterminate number of children.

According to local locals, the bandits assaulted on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Communities around Gidan Zuma are in a state of panic, as according to a resident, “they (bandits) can strike any time and security forces would arrive only after they’ve left.”

The resident who spoke on condition of anonymity further said, “They kidnapped my wife with our little kid. Only God knows how they’re faring, considering the hot weather and the Ramadan fast.”

“They shot and killed 11 persons, among them my only brother while on neighbourhood patrol as a volunteer vigilante. They forced 20 women and a lot of children into the bush,” he added.

There was no official confirmation of the incident as of press time.

The spokesperson for the Zamfara State Police Command, ASP Yazid Abubakar, did not answer calls or respond to a text message sent to his mobile phone to get more information about the incident.



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