On Friday afternoon, bandits raided three communities in the Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 50 people.
The gunmen targeted Sabon Garin Damri, Damri, and Kalahe villages at 2:30 pm on Friday, according to a former councilman.
“I was in the main town when the bandits entered Sabon Garin Damri,” he was reported as saying. We were startled to see individuals running towards us. We then began to hear occasional gunshots. I was saved by a miracle.”
According to him, the bandits launched coordinated attacks on the communities before being confronted by a joint security squad.
Another neighbor, Mu’azu Damri, told the newspaper that if the security agents had not confronted the criminals, the number of casualties would have been higher.
“I’ll have to personally applaud them (security agents), though I believe they should have come earlier because if they came at the right time, they would have saved a lot of people. But their arrival helped because the number would have been more than that,” he said.
Damri further claimed that the military’s action drove the bandits to escape, leaving behind animals, food, and other stuff plundered from locals.
Multiple sources revealed that the bandits killed 56 individuals, not 48 as Damri claimed.
The councilor stated, “We counted 56 persons.” “Only three persons were killed in Damri: a female and two other males; the rest were slaughtered in Sabon Garin Damri and Kalahe.” Some of them did not live in any of the communities. He described them as “folk who came from neighboring villages to celebrate Eid El Fitr with their relatives.”
Residents of the three Zamfara communities reported 56 persons dead, according to another Bakura Town resident, Usman Lauwali.
Those who were injured, he claimed, were being treated at Bakura’s General Hospital.
The newspaper was informed of the scenario by a police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“We’re aware, but you can hold off until we issue an official announcement.” This morning, I heard that a large reinforcement was sent to the Bakura and Talata Mafara axis. He added that the CP might come to the communities later.