Bandits kill 7 vigilantes in Zamfara, set armoured vehicle on fire

Suspected bandits in an attack on Friday killed seven vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai in an attack on Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Residents who recounted their ordeal to Daily Trust, said the armed criminals invaded the community around 3:am and went after selected targets.

They fired several shots in the air and then went into some houses and abducted 13 people, including women.

“Those killed were the vigilantes who bravely came out of their houses and fought the attackers. The armed criminals then set ablaze an armoured vehicle stationed at the community by the security operatives, they told the publication.

“The security operatives fought back, but were overwhelmed probably by the sheer number of the assailants,” a resident said

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Dansadau, a community located 100km south of Gusau, the state capital, has suffered series of deadly raids.

According to the report, the bandits decided to spike their assaults on the community after the local vigilantes extra judicially executed suspected bandits some months back.

The residents of the community also blocked the suspected bandits from getting foods such as bread and soft drinks from the local traders in the community.

The bandits who were apparently angered by the moves blocked the residents of the community who are largely farmers from accessing their farmlands in retaliation.

Dozens of farmers have been killed or abducted since the start of this year’s cropping season.

The Zamfara state police command have not commented on the incident.

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