Breaking: Scores of bandits killed, as rival groups clash in Zamfara


From Maiharaji Altine

Scores of bandits have been killed as a result of a heavy fight between two rival groups around Hayin Alhaji to Munhaye forest of Tsafe local government area in Zamfara state.

A local, Mohammed Sanda told Analyzer news on Sunday that the two bandit groups engaged in a supremacy fight last Saturday where scores lost their lives.

According to Sanda, a group of bandits from neighboring katsina state invaded some communities in Zamfara state with the intention of kidnapping the residents.

But the powerful and notorious bandits’ kingpin Ado Alero who is an indigene of the area intervened and refused to allow the rival bandits group to kidnap the villagers.

Sanda maintained that, the two rival groups engaged in a gun battle which resulted into the death of several bandits from both sides.

He stressed that, the people of the area were currently trouping to the battle ground to see the dead bodies of the neutralized bandits.

He also added that, there were over 20 motorcycles abandoned by the bandits at the place where the fight took place

He said, “Some bandits who came from katsina state invaded some communities between Tafkin Kazai and Munhaye village around five o’clock pm last Saturday evening trying to abduct the residents of the area”.

“While they were in the area, another group of bandits led by Ado Alero came to the place in a bid to protect the residents”.

“The two bandit groups exchanged in hot words and finally began to shoot at each other, while the residents ran helter skelter for their dear lives”.

“As we were running, the bandits leader Ado Alero told us not to panic and asked us to remain where we were”.

“The two groups fought for several hours where many of them were killed and when we returned to the area early morning of today Sunday, we saw many corpses and several motorcycles”.

“As I am speaking to you at the moment, many people are trouping to this place to see the corpses and the abandoned motorcycles”. Concluded Sanda.

Sanda also explained that, the communities were looking into the possibility of giving a mass burial for the dead bodies of the bandits because of none presence of the security personnel.

“We may dig a big grave and bury the dead bodies before they decompose”.

When contacted for comment, the spokesperson of the state police command ASP Yazid Abubakar said he was not aware of this development.

He said, “I am not aware of this, but it is a very important development. God is answering our prayers in the fight against banditry”

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