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Terrorists Kill Many, Displace Over 3,227 Persons In Zamfara Communities

The attack was said to have affected about 32 settlements in Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.

Over 3,227 residents from about 32 communities in Gummi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State fled their homes between Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, 24 after a terror attack. 

The attacks affected Gyalenge, Bardoki and Illela-Auwal wards in the LGA. Buhari Sanusi, Assistant Coordinator of Zamfara Circle Community Initiative, told HumAngle.

“We are presently hosting over 3,227 women and children including the old from 32 villages of Bardoki, Illela-Auwal and Gyalenge Districts,” he said.

District Head of Bardoki, Alhaji Kasimu Matankari, added: “We were terrified and harassed by the terrorists. They killed three people and injured two. I could not trace my wives and children until today.

“They ransacked almost every shop and kiosk, including houses. They stole many valuables; GSMs, food items, money and phone chargers belonging to the residents of the area. In fact, even motorcycles were not spared by the armed group.

“Hamza Kaura, Lauwali and Mukhtar Letiman were killed while Auwali and Danchali were injured and hospitalised at Gummi General Hospital for medical treatment.” 

Nura Sulaiman, a resident of Bardoki Ward, said the attackers displaced people in 11 villages, including Gwalli, Karaye, Barikin-Daji, Loni, Lanke, Duddai, Gidan-Illo, Marina, Kwado, Sagon-Garbe and Makaranta.” 

Similarly, in Illela Auwal ward, the ward centre suffered several attacks on settlements such as Kurfa, Falam Tsibiri, Falam-Birni, Unguwar gamji, Kwalmi, Gabtu, and Masama, 

Communities hit by the terrorists on Sunday evening were Maikada, Unguwar Nima,  Sarangumawa, Ketare, Masallaci, Magiro, Danjafa, and Gambanda-Godabe. 

Other villages include Dangwai Babba, Dangwai-Karama, Dan-awo, Aburufe, Unguwar Bawa and Dandutsi. 

Junaidu Abubakar, a health worker at Primary Healthcare Centre Dangwai, who narrowly escaped in the early hours of Sunday, told HumAngle that “the terrorist group rustled over 45 cows and other small animals from the village.” 

“We moved to a bush, sleeping in the grass for three days now to avoid being killed,” Sani Surajo, 32, a resident of Gabtu, said.

“Many of our women and children ran to Gummi, taking refuge at Government Day Secondary School, Government Unity Secondary School and Garba Ajiya Model Primary School all in Gummi.

“Let me tell you the fact, these attacks may escalate to our local government headquarters, Gummi, just as it happened in Tsafe, Zurmi, Bukuyum, Bakura, Anka, Shinkafi and Birnin Magaji LGAs.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, said the police received information regarding the attacks and have already mobilized a tactical team in collaboration with the Nigerian Army to address the insecurity breaches in the areas. 

“Just recently officers of the Nigerian Police Force repelled a group attack leading to the arrest of their informants,” he said.

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