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No fewer than 12 people were killed when bandits invaded Sakajiki village in Kaura Namoda Emirate in Zamfara State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident to reporters on Friday.
He said the casualties recorded in the incident would have been more if not for the response of the police operatives deployed in the area.
Narrating how the attack occurred, a source in the village told newsmen that the assailants arrived at about 9pm on Thursday and were there for several hours.
They also set several shops and other houses ablaze, including an edifice of a police outpost in the area, as well as several vehicles – one of which was a police patrol van.
Another source explained that the persons who were confirmed dead were those whose bodies were brought to the open, while a search for those not seen was ongoing.
The team of police mobile force operatives, according to him, tried their best to repel the attack, but they were purportedly overpowered by the bandits.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK