Suspected bandits have attacked some villages in Tsafe local gov- ernment area of Zamfara State and killed 26 people including the elder sister of Senator Kabi- ru Garba Marafa.

Sources in the community claimed that the bandits struck at about 6.00pm on Monday, where they killed Marafa’s sister and abducted her husband and a boy close to the family to an unknown destination.

Among the communities at- tacked by the hoodlums, who some residents alleged were hired assassins, are Ruwan Bore, Fegin Mahe, Tudun Wada, Mai Jatau and Dakoka.

They were said to have set several houses and food items ablaze.

But, state police command confirmed the killing of 15 per- sons including Senator Marafa’s elder sister.

In a statement signed by the command’s spokesman, SP Mo- hammed Shehu, he confirmed that the bandits kidnapped the hus- band of the slain woman and six other women.

According to him, the bandits unleashed terror on Wonaka, Ajja, Mada, Ruwan Baure, Doka, Tako- ka and Tudun Maijatau villages of Mada District in Gusau local gov- ernment area.

Shehu said that a joint patrol team of police and military per- sonnel had been dispatched to the area.

He said: “The fact is that the attack is presumably a reprisal

to the attack on some Fulani in a J-5 vehicle on 1st February, 2019 where seven Fulani and their an- imals were killed and set ablaze by an outlawed group, Yansakai.”

In another development, the District Head of Gwashi in Buk- kuyum local government area re- ported that bandits stormed Batau- na village and killed 11 persons and set several houses ablaze.

Details of the attack were still sketching at the time of filing this report last night due to the dis- tance/terrain which made the area inaccessible. The absence of GSM coverage has also worsened the situation.

The entire axis and environs have been subjected to coordinate bush combing for possible arrest of the perpetrators.

The police command urged

members of the public to avoid taking the law into their hands and to report all complaints and griev- ances to constituted authorities for legal redress.

Before the police broke their silence on the attacks, there were reports that in Tudun Wada, the bandits had killed 13 persons and set residential houses on fire.

By their modus operandi in Ruwan Bore community, resi- dents suggested that their spe- cific target was the elder sister of Marafa.

It was learnt that the killers forced a rifle into her mouth and shot her dead on the spot.

A source in the area said that after killing the woman, the hood- lums abducted her husband and a boy related the family to an un- known destination.


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