Bandits kill many, kidnap 34 women, girls in Zamfara ― Report

Bandits have kidnapped over 34 women while dozens of others were killed in multiple attacks in some villages in Gusau local government of Zamfara State.

According to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa report, the bandits attacked Geba and Gidan Kaura villages as well as some communities within the Gusau local government area of the State.

The BBC report said a source stated that when the bandits invaded their communities, “they kidnapped some women and girls, while dozens of others were killed”. According to the source, “The bandits kidnapped ten women in Kaura; also at Bayauri, they kidnapped nine women. They also entered a village called Gana and kidnapped seven before proceeding to Duma and kidnapped another seven women. This happened before Sunday morning”.

According to the reports, properties were destroyed and many villages have been deserted, forcing the villagers to relocate to Gusau, the State capital. A local residing in the Damba community alleged that they’ve now run away to the community inside the State capital, saying, “We have women, children, and the pregnant ones, there is no food. If you see where they sleep in this cold as if there is no government”.

The State’s Commissioner of Information, Ibrahim Dosara, while confirming the attacks, however, affirmed that only Geba town was attacked. He explained that shortly after the bandits’ attack, security agents went to rescue the situation. He said it was not true that the villages that were attacked were not visited by security agents on a rescue mission.

The attacks in Zamfara came at a time the authorities announced that security agents have arrested some bandits that were seeking medical treatment after their hideout was dislodged.

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