Suspected gunmen have invaded three villages in Shinkafi local government area of Zamfara State, killing at least 35 people. Daily Trust reports
According to Residents, a motorbike riding gang of armed men arrived, firing at farmers in Kwallido, Tungar Kahau and Gidan Wawa villages.
The communities are located 20Km West of Shinkafi town and are not far apart.
A resident, Sani Aliyu, said the bandits chased the farmers on motorbikes in to their houses and shot them dead, adding that most of them were killed on their farmlands.
“I’m just coming back from the funeral prayers of the victims. The gunmen shot 12 dead in Gidan Wawa, 22 in Tungar Kahau, 1 in Kwallido. The armed men arrived on motorbikes, shooting people who were working on their farms,” he said.
“Some of the farmers, who had sensed trouble when they saw them approach, abandoned their working tools, took to their heels and hid behind shrubs in the bush but some were unluckily trapped on the farmlands and got killed”
“About 17 months ago, more than a dozen people were killed in an attack on Tungar Kahau village. This is the second time they are raiding the community. They warned the farmers to desist from going to farms or face dire consequences,” he added.