Bandits on the rampage in Zamfara, kill policeman, five others, burn vehicles, motorcycles, houses


No fewer than six persons, including a police corporal, were on Friday killed by bandits in Gurbin Bore Village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Confirming the incident in Gusau on Saturday, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Mohammed Shehu, said the bandits, numbering about 100, attacked the community about 10 p.m of Friday night.
He said three other persons were severely wounded and had been taken to hospital where they were receiving treatment.
According to Shehu: “11 vehicles, including a police vehicle, three motorcycles and five kiosks were set ablaze by the hoodlums.”
The command spokesman said the bandits, suspected to have come from Dumburum Forest, were engaged by a combined team of counter terrorists, comprising Police Mobile Force and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) personnel stationed in the area.
He said, however, that the footpath of the bandits were being trailed in the forest and assured that the perpetrators would be arrested and brought to book.
The Vice Chairman of Zurmi Local Government, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, said a total of 13 shops and houses were burnt while 15 vehicles were set ablaze.
An eye witness and a resident, Mr Manir Salihu, said his family had always been threatened by the bandits including two attempts to set his house on fire while members of the family were inside.


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