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Gunmen Kill 30 In Zamfara

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Thirty 30 persons have been reported killed in fresh attacks by gunmen in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chairman of the council, Alhaji Muhammad Gusami,  said on Sunday that the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages.

Gusami said that the gunmen invaded Kokeya village on motorcycles and killed two persons, set some houses ablaze.

He said that the incident had been reported to the Divisional Police Officer of Birnin-Magaji as well as soldiers on surveillance of the zone.

He also said that the attackers returned the next day and invaded the neighbouring village of Chigama.

“The gunmen killed more than 30 persons whose bodies were still being recovered from the bush,” he said.

The chairman said the corpses had been taken to Birnin-magaji General Hospital.

He also said that the Chigama attack took place shortly after three police trucks left the area, adding that the armed bandits also set several houses on fire on their second attack on Chigama village.

An eye-witness, Malam Ibrahim Sani,  also told NAN that the gunmen who invaded Kokeya came while the villagers were closing from their prayers.

“The attackers shot sporadically in the air which prompted the people of Chigama to intervene.

“That may have provoked the gunmen to come back so as to punish Chigama people for trying to prevent the attack the previous day.

“While three persons were killed from Kokeya and Chigama on the first day in Kokeya, more than 50 were killed on the second day in Chigama while several houses were burnt,” said Sani.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sanusi Amiru, who confirmed the attack, said that the police and army have moved to the area and that normalcy had been restored.