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Vigilante Group loses 2 Members As 8 Villagers Die In Gun Battle With Terrorists In Northwest Nigeria

In an unending series of attacks on villages in Zamfara state, Northwest Nigeria, terrorists have once again struck.

Two members of the Vigilante group in Goran Namahe, Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria were killed while eight civilians also died following a gun duel with terrorists on Friday, July 9, 2021.

The attack which started about 4:47 p.m. lasted for four hours. Local sources said those injured were taken to Talata-Mafara General Hospital for treatment.

The victims were mostly the residents of Tungar Sadau, Tungar Marafa, Tungar Bido, Matusgi, and Gora villages, all in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Biliyaminu, a resident of Goran Namahe, told HumAngle  that “the exchange of gunshots between the terrorists and Vigilante Group led to the death  of two Vigilante members and eight other innocent residents.”

“Many terrorists  were also killed during their confrontation but their dead bodies could not be traced because the terrorists did not leave the corpses.”

Sani Ahmad, another resident of the area explained that “the Friday incident was not a reprisal attack.” 

“The terrorists came in their hundreds on motorcycles, as usual, shooting into the air chanting ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar’. They do employ such a strategy to scare people and cart away animals.” 

Other eyewitnesses in the area said the terrorists set a commercial car parked near Government Day Secondary School Goran Namahe, ablaze. They said the fire extended to the school and engulfed a block of three classrooms, and an office.

Friday’s attack follows another  attack by the terror groups in Goran Namahe ward on Monday, June 14, 2021. 

The attack launched on a Chinese PGP Firm also left six persons dead including officers of the Nigerian Police Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) while at work.

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