Zamfara State Police Command on Tuesday repelled attacks on five communities and killed at least 30 armed bandits in Maradun and Bakura Local Government Areas of the state.
It came when police received a distress call early Tuesday about ongoing simultaneous attacks on Gobirawa, Gora, Rini, Madoti and Dankule.
“On receipt of the distress call, Tactical Operatives of the command comprising of Puff Adder, Special Forces, PMF and CTU led by the Commander 78 PMF arrived the scenes and engaged the attackers in a gun duel,” said the police spokesman, SP Muhammad Shehu.
“As a result of the encounter, about 30 hoodlums were neutralised while others escaped to the forest with possible gunshot wounds.
“In the course of chasing the assailants out of the villages, the operatives discovered about 10 corpses of the villagers littered at the different theatre of engagements. Mop-up operation is ongoing with a view to arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act. Further details of the operation will be communicated in due course,” SP Shehu said.
Meanwhile, the state Police Commissioner, Abutu Yaro, has reiterated his warning to all the recalcitrant armed bandits to either surrender their arms and embrace peace or face dire consequences.