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Terrorists Kill 13 Police Officers In Northwest Nigeria

Terrorists in Zamfara State have killed 13 officers after a shootout.

Police in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria have confirmed the killing of its operatives by terrorists in the state.

Muhammed Shehu, spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command confirmed the incident in a statement released to The Punch on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

According to Shehu, the incident took place at 12.30 p.m. WAT on Sunday July 18, 2021.

The police officers who were stationed in Kurar Mota village in the Bungudu Local Government Area of the state, met their demise while trying to respond to a distress call.

The Police spokesperson said that the terrorists “ambushed the policemen while responding to a call on an attempt to attack nearby communities, 13 personnel paid the supreme price.”

According to Shehu, the operatives who ran headlong into the ambush showed bravery and resilience as they fought the terrorists, thereby preventing them from carrying out their proposed attack.

“Unfortunately, 13 personnel paid the supreme price. However, the bandits on their part suffered heavy casualties,” he stated. 

While speaking on Police efforts towards the incident, the spokesperson of the Zamfara Police said that the force has strengthened efforts into ensuring that the perpetrators of the crime were apprehended.

“A special Anti-Banditry Operations is currently ongoing with a view to track down the assailants,” he said.

“The Commissioner of Police CP Hussaini Rabiu, when  he visited injured policemen at the hospital, reaffirmed that the unfortunate incident would not discourage the officers and men of the command from discharging their mandate of protecting  lives and properties of the citizens.”

In recent times, the Northwest region of Nigeria has been subject to terrorist attacks, with Zamfara and Kaduna states as the hotbed of such attacks.

Terrorists launch attacks on villages and communities in the state at an increasingly disturbing rate.

HumAngle reported how a terror group sacked communities in the state, after issuing them a five-hour  eviction notice.

On July 5, 2021, HumAngle reported that about 9,637 persons in Zamfara State were facing a humanitarian crisis, following terrorist activities in the state.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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