From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Hundreds of bike riding bandits have invaded Tungar Kwana village under Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara State at around 11:00pm last Tuesday killing 22 villagers.
A survivor simply identified as Maigora, told New Telegraph that, the merciless gunmen numbering to about 150 all on their bikes, invaded the village and begun sporadic shots on any movable objects, the situation that left behind 22 dead bodies comprising men and women.
“Number of people have already went to bed when a merciless attack was launched, there were children and women killed as they struggled to escape, only could heard a voice directing for the killing of any moving object including hens and ducks.
“Despite heavy blockages of all escaping routes, many fleeing villagers were able to escape into the nearby bushes, they took hide over there until morning when it was calmed. It was terrible as nothing could be heard apart from helpless women and children were screaming for help”, Maigora has contended.
According to another survivor, Malam Mustapha, said large number of people have sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of the attack who were conveyed to hospitals for medical attention.
He further narrated that, the bandits have also carted away multitude number of animals comprising cows, sheep and goats and an alarming tonnes of foodstuffs as they (the bandits) have broken number of silos across the village.
Malam also cried that, “Hundreds of people who escaped into nearby bushes with some injuries have scared and they continued moving ignorantly to unknown directions which they may found themselves at bandits camps.
“There is possibility for the bandits to return to the village, therefore, the entire village was deserted, nobody was to claim ownership of his house, because the bandits have during the attack threatened to come back”, he maintained.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Zamfara Police Command, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the killing of 20 people in that village but not 22”.
Shehu explained that, the bandits were angry with the villagers for their needed cooperation with security agencies by giving useful information which led to the killing of several bandits last week.