The member representing Zurmi West in the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Moriki, has said that bandits have attacked Dole, Tudun Bugaje and Kwangwami communities in Zurmi Local Government Area and killed 25 people.
Moriki told the News Agency of Nigeria that apart from the dead 25 people, many others were injured during the attack.
“So far, we have the record of 25 people who were killed during the attack, while many others injured have been taken to hospital for treatment,” Moriki said.
NAN reported that the bandits attacked the villages on Saturday night after carrying out similar attacks in some communities at neighbouring Shinkafi Local Government Area, the previous day.
The lawmaker commended security agencies in the state over measures so far taken to restore peace and stability in the area, but urged them to do more.
He appealed to the people of the area to remain calm as the state government in collaboration with security agencies, was making efforts to restore peace and stability to the area.
He also urged them to continue to pray and seek God’s intervention in the insecurity challenges facing the state and the country.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Dan Awunah, who confirmed the attack to NAN in Abuja on Sunday, however, said only nine people, including two policemen were killed by the bandits.
Awunah said seven of the victims were members of the communities where the hoodlums attacked.
He said the Police Mobile Force and the operatives of the counter-terrorism unit had been deployed to the area to restore law and order.
Over 40 people were abducted by gunmen in Maru Local Government Area of the state on November 18.