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Terrorists Attack Zamfara Community Despite Military Presence

Despite military presence and intelligence provided to the DSS, terrorists attacked Keku Community in Bungudu Local Government of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.

Terrorists operating in Bungudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, have attacked Keku community on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, killing one person and injuring many others despite military presence.

According to a member of the vigilante group operating in the area, they passed intelligence on the possibility of the attack to the Department of Security Services (DSS) a day before the attack. 

“I was told that about 20 riders were seen approaching the village. I informed the DSS of the situation. 

“Then another person called me and told me that they had invaded another village called Gandaya,” he explained over the phone to HumAngle. 

The terrorists passed through Gandaya village and split up before attacking Keku early Saturday morning. “They rustled the animals,” he said. 

He went on to say that the terrorists finished the attack and went unchallenged despite military presence not far from the scene of the attack. 

Meanwhile, terrorists in the state blocked the Gusau-Magami-Dansadau road early Sunday morning, Feb. 20, 2022, seizing a truckload of goods and kidnapping the driver and passengers. 

Mallam Lawal Musa, a vigilante officer in the area, told HumAngle that one of “his boys” was among the kidnapped passengers who were able to sneak away. 

According to him, one of the terrorists drove the truck to the bush by himself. 

“I received a call informing me that there was a roadblock. The military found some of them on three motorcycles in Jengeme in Tofa and dislodged them,” he explained. 

However, Musa stated that it was later that he learned that the distress call was not from Tofa but from another location called Dogon Santsi. By the time the military arrived, the terrorists had completed their attack.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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