Terrorists have killed six people and injured one person in ‘Yartudu and Yardutsi areas of Nahuce town in Bungudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, North West Nigeria on Wednesday, Jan 3.
The incident, which took place at about 12:30 a.m., saw the assailants first invading Nahuce in two separate groups without a shot fired.
Nafiu Abdullahi, a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, told HumAngle he was in the town after rounding off his semester examinations. “I just left the area after visiting my friend and got home only to realise that I narrowly escaped the attack. They killed six innocent people and rustled many cows,” he said.
Another resident of Nahuce, Amadu Bala, confirmed that his father, Suleiman Muhammadu, who was a livestock vendor was killed. “Our neighbour, Abdullahi Kilam, a fuel black marketer from Yardutsi area was also among the victims killed during the incident today.”
Others killed during the raid were Kamalu Idi Alima, Musa Abu-Wale, Usman Kacci-kwacci, and Babangida Mairake, HumAngle learned.
The Nahuce community has not witnessed a terror attack in nearly three years, residents said. “We were outsmarted by these gangs of armed terrorists. They knew that Nahuce could not be attacked like that. We are suspecting that there must be unpatriotic ones among our people who might have provided information to the attackers who took advantage of our relaxation,” said Sulaiman Liman, a resident in the area.
“To be frank, we took serious measures and purchased firearms to protect our community including rescuing our neighbouring villages. So we were never to be attacked again for a good two to three years,” a vigilante member who pleaded anonymity revealed.
He added that the vigilantes were not in possession of their arms when the terrorists invaded the town. “We all kept them intact because we were not expecting any attack that would be so embarrassing like this. It was later that a few among us managed to bring back our guns and went straight to face the criminals. We had a serious exchange of gunfire with the few that stayed, but we could not kill or arrest any of them because the deed was done. We took our arms late,” he said.
The Chairman of Bungudu LGA, Nura Umar confirmed the incident. “As authorities we are working tirelessly to investigate the incident, apprehend the perpetrators, and implement measures to enhance security in the area,” he said.
HumAngle was yet to receive any response from Yazid Abubakar, the Zamfara State Police Command spokesperson at press time.
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