Gunmen Sack Two Villages In Zamfara, Kill 26 People

Apr. 3, 2014

By Saharareporters, New York

Two villages in the Zurmi Local Government Area of Zanfara were attacked this afternoon. 26 people were killed in the attacks.

The attacks took place at around 12:00 pm, noon, local time, today in Maitsaba and Birnin-Tsaba villages in the Zurmi local government area. In recalling the incidents, the Chairman of Zurmi local government , Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed Gurbin-Bore, told newsmen this evening in Gusau, that the Gunmen were seen dressed in Nigerian Military uniforms, and riding about 50 motorcycles. The gunmen encircled the agrarian villages, and began shooting sporadically.

Along with the 26 people who were killed, 20 houses were burnt to the ground, with essential grains harvested by the locals destroyed.

The Zurmi local government is about 100 km from Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, and home to the  Inspector General of Police, M D Abubakar, and Minister of Defense, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau.

At press time, no group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks.