Forty-three persons were reported dead and seven others injured following terrorist attacks on three communities in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria on Thursday, July 8, 2021.
Three terror groups, according to sources, carried out the attacks between 12:20 p.m. and 4:32 p.m. on Thursday at Gidan Dawa, Gidan Adamu and Wari villages in Faru ward, Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Sources told HumAngle that the casualty figures may increase as many residents were yet to be accounted for as of the time of filing this report.
Muawiya Sardauna, a resident of the area described the latest incident as a counterattack by the terror gangs targeting innocent residents believed to be related to members of a local vigilante group, Yan Sa Kai.
Sardauna said “this is a reprisal attack on the people of the villages by the terror group because both the “Yan Sa Kai and the terrorists have been at loggerheads.”
“Immediately we received information of the attack, we mobilised community volunteers and followed a troop of the Nigerian Army that arrived shortly after the attack for a rescue mission.”
He said 43 persons were found dead when the community volunteers arrived at the affected villages, while the seven injured persons were taken to hospital in the late evening.
“The injured were rushed to Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau, the state capital of Zamfara for emergency treatment.”
Bala Danbuga, another eyewitness said about nine vehicles that brought the troops of the Nigerian Army and a helicopter hovering in the sky did not arrive in time to meet the terrorists.
Danbuga said he escaped death by the whiskers when the terrorists struck and told HumAngle that there were three different terror groups that attacked the three villages.
“They attacked us in the villages and others on their farms while at work,” he said.
Terrorists have continued their attacks on communities in Zamfara State despite efforts by the state government to address the problem. In late 2020, terrorists set the same three villages on fire after several gunshots on the villagers.
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