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ZAMFARA: Many feared dead as bandits attack Kabasa village

THERE was pandemonium in Kabasa village of Magami District in Gusau Local Government Area yesterday following a “gun duel” between soldiers and armed bandits.  

The shoot-out which reportedly lasted for hours left unspecified number dead in the village.

It was gathered that at least three soldiers and four others might have died in the shootout which occurred.

“The whole community was thrown into pandemonium as several other residents trying to escape the attack were injured. Seven people were confirmed dead in the attack,” a resident identified Saminu Usman told Daily Trust.

Reacting, the Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said that he received with shock “the report of an attack by some recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people” in Kabasa village of Magami district in Gusau Local Government Area of the state.

The governor, however, did not give the actual number of casualties.

In a statement signed by the state commissioner for information, Ibrahim Dosara, the Governor expressed sadness, saying he was disturbed by “this sad event and strongly condemned it which led to the loss of lives in the village”.

“The government has already directed security agencies in the state to carry out a full investigation into the incident and report back to the government for action.

“Meanwhile, the standing committee for the assessment of damages (sic) constituted by the state government has been instructed to visit the community to assess the level of damages (sic) inflicted on the community.

“People of the affected community in particular and the state in general, are also advised to remain law-abiding and go about their normal businesses.”

“May the Almighty Allah continue to guide and assist the people of Zamfara state in overcoming this terrible menace,” the statement added.

This happened despite the ongoing peace talks between Governor Bello Matawalle of the state and armed bandits which the governor has claimed several times to be yielding fruit.

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