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Terrorists Kill 8 Persons, Injure 5 And Rape Women In Zamfara State

The terror group laid siege on the community in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria, maiming people without restriction.

Terrorists in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, on Thursday, July 29, launched a seven-hour attack in Birnin Yero community, Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state. 

Eight persons were left dead after the attack between 9:39 p.m. Thursday, and 4:30 a.m. Friday. Five persons who sustained gunshot wounds were taken to Shinkafi General Hospital for medical treatment.  

“The terrorists arrived in our village, Birnin Yero, at about 9:23 pm and stayed there until 4:30 am. They put us under siege and ransacked all our shops, kiosks and stole all the valuables they found in the places they bugled,” a resident of the area who gave his name as Mansur Muhammad Birninyero told HumAngle.

Another eyewitness, who is a resident of the village, Ibrahim Yero, confirmed that “the terrorists killed seven people when they were shooting sporadically, and wounded five of others.”

“Again, this same group of terrorists also attacked some women and raped them at ‘Garkar Maigari’ area in the open. This took them about seven hours in the village.”

Mamman Makeri, a former member of the vigilante group in Birnin Yero village, recognised the group and said, “the terrorists are members of the Dankarami terror group that has been terrorising the state.”

According to Makeri, the Thursday night attack was the eighth in the series of attacks launched by the group in the village.

About two weeks ago, members of the Dankarami terror group operating in the Zurmi Local Government Area were involved in an open confrontation with another terror group controlled by Turji Gudde, who works within Shinkafi Local Government Area. 

The two rival terror groups have been at loggerheads against each other for quite some time now. 

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