Daily Trust reports that suspected gunmen have killed, at least, 35 people in attacks on three villages in Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara State.
According to the residents of the area, they said gang of armed men riding on a motorbike arrived their area, firing at farmers in Kwallido, Tungar Kahau and Gidan Wawa communities which are located 20Km West of Shinkafi town and are not far apart.
A resident, Sani Aliyu, told Daily Trust that the bandits chased the farmers on motorbikes into their houses and shot them dead, adding that most of them were killed on their farmlands.
“I’m just coming back from the funeral prayers of the victims. The gunmen shot 12 dead in Gidan Wawa, 22 in Tungar Kahau, 1 in Kwallido. The armed men arrived on motorbikes, shooting people who were working on their farms,” he said.
“Some of the farmers, who had sensed trouble when they saw them approach, abandoned their working tools, took to their heels and hid behind shrubs in the bush but some were unluckily trapped on the farmlands and got killed”
“About 17 months ago, more than a dozen people were killed in an attack on Tungar Kahau village. This is the second time they are raiding the community. They warned the farmers to desist from going to farms or face dire consequences,” he added.
The spokesman of the state police command SP Muhammad Shehu could not be reached for comments at the time of filing this report.