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7 policemen, 12 villagers killed in Zamfara village bandits’ attack

Bandits terrorising Nigeria’s northern region have struck again in beleaguered Zamfara State.

At least seven policemen were killed when the rampaging bandits attacked Magarya village in Zurmi Local Government Area.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Shehu Dalijan, who confirmed the attack, disclosed that twelve villagers were also killed during the onslaught.

He added that among the victims were a member of the Zamfara State Community Guards, also known as Askarawan Zamfara and four residents of the village.

According to Dalijan, the bandits, numbering about 300, stormed the village on motorbikes.

He said on arrival, the bandits surrounded “our men and opened fire on them, thereby killing seven of them and injuring several others.”

He stated that the assailants were unhappy with the police officers because they stopped them from carrying out their many criminal and nefarious act.

“The bandits were not happy with our men who prevented them from carrying out their heinous act for over two years now.

“Since the deployment of police to the area, the bandits could not have a chance to attack the village,” he said.

The police commissioner said more police personnel would be deployed to the area.

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