34 killed in gunmen attack in Zamfara

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34 people have been killed by gunmen in an attack on some villages in Zamfara state, Northern Nigeria, police says.

The gunmen invaded Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa villages in Shinkafi district late Friday.

In a statement by the police spokesman in the state, Mohammed Shehu, the attackers stormed the villages on motorcycles.

Shehu said: “Normalcy has been restored in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa following attack by armed bandits where 34 people were killed.”

However, the locals put the death toll at 35.

The police spokesman said the victims of the attack were buried on Saturday, adding that the police were on the trail of the attackers.

A resident who narrated the incident said, the gunmen opened fire on farmers on their fields outside the villages and also chased those who fled.

“The bandits killed 35 people in the attacks.”

Local communities in the state have for years been attacked by gunmen who ambush villages, steal cattle and kidnap residents for ransom and burning homes after looting food supplies.

A similar incident occurred last week where no fewer than 40 people were killed and dozens injured in attacks on eight communities in Niger state.

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