The Police have begun a massive manhunt for bandits that raided several villages in Zamfara state.
This was confirmed in a statement by Mr. Kenneth Ebrimson, the Commissioner of Police in the state when he confirmed the attack on Thursday.
According to him, a police patrol team had swiftly responded swiftly to the distress calls of ongoing attacks on Sikida and Gyadde villages of Gidan Goga district in Maradun Local Government Area of the state.
The police commissioner further noted that the bandits fled on sighting security operatives after killing three persons and that the Police team of security personnel deployed in the areas would comb the bush in the communities with the aim of hunting down the bandits who carried out the attacks.
Several eyewitnesses have however reported on Wednesday that the bandits had also invaded Farin Zare, Orawa, and Sabon Gari villages also in Gidan Goga district. The eyewitnesses stated that the attacks were carried out simultaneously in the early hours of Tuesday, with many villagers sustaining various degrees if injuries during the attacks.
The locals further reported that said the invaders stormed the villages on motorbikes, shooting sporadically at residents and carting away their livestock as they scampered for the safety of the bushes.
One of the villagers reported that about 30 people were killed across the villages during the attacks, although the police authorities keep insisting that only three had people died in the violence.
This is not the first time this is happening. Suspected armed bandits and cattle rustlers had also killed at least 30 people when they invaded Malikawa village in the same district of Zamfara State earlier in May.
The repeated attacks on the communities have left residents in perpetual fear and anxiety as they keep calling on the Federal Government to be more proactive in securing their lives and property, as well as stop the repeated killings as a result of the invasion of their villages by bandits and gunmen at will.