Fulani Jihadists Termed "Bandits" Kill Over 50 in Zamfara
Heavily armed bandits last
night killed over 30 residents in an attack on Cigama village in Birnin Magaji
local government area of Zamfara state.
Witnesses told Daily Trust that
the bandits had earlier attacked a neighbouring village of Kokeya and killed at
least 2 persons.
Rural and herding of
communities have witnessing series of deadly raids by the armed bandits in what
appeared to be a longstanding feud between them and vigilantes.
The bandits were provoked after
the vigilantes from Cigama village came to offer help for the residents of
neighbouring Kokeya when, they were being attacked by the bandits in a broad
Daily Trust learnt that the
armed bandits went to Cigama to confront the vigilantes there. "Dozens of
them arrived and started firing at residents and setting residential houses
ablaze," a witness Isa Shuaibu further explained.
A resident of the village Aliyu
Cigama told Daily Trust that after killing a good number of people they also
carted away herds of cows and sheep before they fled.
Birnin Magaji local government
chairman Alhaji Muhammad Bala Gusami put the death toll at over 30. "The
bandits first arrived at Kokeya village and shot dead 2 residents there. I
informed the DPO of the local government, and he mobilized security personnels
and patrolled the village and shortly after the police left they came back and
started killing people and corpses are being collected from the outskirt of the
village" he added.