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Terror Group Attacks Police Outpost, Kills Residents In Northwest Nigeria

Residents of Nasarawa-Burkullu town in Zamfara state are lamenting the poor response of security operatives during a recent attack that also had the police officers, in the town, running for cover.

Unrest returned to Nasarawa-Burkullu town when a terror group attacked a police outpost. The assailants abducted one person, killed two, and injured three in the attack that began  around 6:50p.m. (WAT) on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Nasarawa-Burkullu town is in Bukuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State, in northwestern Nigeria.  The last time an attack was recorded in the area was on Dec. 15, 2021 which was the abduction of over 30 residents.  

During this Wednesday’s attack, the terror group invaded the town about 10 minutes after the Maghrib prayer session (at sunset), targeting an outpost of the Nigeria Police Force with sporadic gunshots which caused residents to flee for their lives. 

A shoe shiner, Nuhun Anas, 23, was shot in the neck, and a young man identified as Alhaji Surajo’s son, 21, was shot in his head. They both died instantly.

The three injured persons were rushed to Nasarawa Hospital and are presently receiving medical treatment. Meanwhile, residents are yet to hear back from the terrorists about the kidnapped person.

An eyewitness, who prefers to remain anonymous, said, “we were together with almost five armed Police personnel including their Divisional Officer shortly after we observed our Maghrib prayer together, when we began to hear gunshots coming towards the Police outpost station.” 

“Before you know it, all of us ran for our lives. Some to neighbouring houses. In fact, I did not notice that I and the Police Divisional Officer flung into our bathroom, and lay down to avoid a bullet hit.”

CP Zamfara State Police Command in one of his Press Conferences.

Other residents confirmed to HumAngle that the police officers present ran for cover during the attack, leaving the outpost unattended, raising the question of protection by the security operatives.  

While shooting guns from the outskirts of Nasarawa approaching the main town, “the Terrorists took a by-pass road leading into the metropolis until they dropped directly at Alhaji Surajo’s shop, located at the market and started shooting in the air repeatedly,” Kabiru Sani, aged 29, another resident sadly recounted the incident.  

Some residents were able to discribe the outfits and demeanor of the terrorists. Murtalan Tabalaya a resident of the area, said, “the armed terrorists were just about four in number, dressed in ‘jallabiya’ like Saudi Arabians. They were holding their guns and came into the town on two motorcycles. They killed two innocent people, injured three and abducted one of Alhaji Surajo’s shopkeepers.” 

The residents lamented the poor response of security operatives with Alhaji Hamisu Ibrahim sadly commenting that “no security agent could offer help both during and after the attack on the residents.” 

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