February 26, 2024

Many feared killed as rival bandit groups clash in Zamfara

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Scores of bandits have been killed as a result of a heavy fight between two rival groups around Hayin Alhaji to Munhaye forest of the Tsafe Local Government Area in Zamfara State.

A local, Mohammed Sanda, said, yesterday that the two bandit groups engaged in a supremacy fight last Saturday where scores lost their lives.

According to Sanda, a group of bandits from neighbouring Katsina State invaded some communities in Zamfara State intending to kidnap the residents.

But the powerful and notorious bandits’ kingpin Ado Alero, who is an indigene of the area intervened and refused to allow the rival bandits group to kidnap people from the villagers.

Sanda said that the two rival groups engaged in a gun battle which resulted in the death of several bandits from both sides.
He stressed that the people of the area were currently trouping to the battleground to see the dead bodies of the neutralised bandits.

He added that there were over 20 motorcycles abandoned by the bandits at the place where the fight took place.
He said: “Some bandits who came from Katsina State invaded some communities between Tafkin Kazai and Munhaye village around 5p.m., Saturday evening trying to abduct the residents of the area.

“While they were in the area, another group of bandits led by Ado Alero came to the place in a bid to protect the residents.
“The two bandit groups exchanged words and finally began to shoot at each other, while the residents run for their dear lives.

“As we were running, the bandits’ leader, Ado Alero told us not to panic and asked us to remain where we were.

“The two groups fought for several hours during which many of them were killed and when we returned to the area early morning of today (yesterday). We saw many corpses and several motorcycles.”

“As I am speaking to you, many people are trouping to this place to see the corpses and the abandoned motorcycles,” Sanda added.

Sanda explained that the communities were looking into the possibility of giving a mass burial for the dead because of the absence of security personnel.

“We may dig a big grave and bury the dead bodies before they decompose.”

When contacted for comment, the spokesperson for the state police command, Yazid Abubakar said he was not aware of the development.

He said: “I am not aware of this, but it is a very important development. God is answering our prayers in the fight against banditry.”