Panic As Bandits Ambush Police Team In Zamfara, Gun Down 7 Officers

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Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked a team of policemen in Zonai village in Magami district, Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least seven officers.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, left residents in a panic over the fear of attack on the community.

According to residents, the officers were returning from duty where they had mounted, a checkpoint near Zonai village along Gusau-Magami-Dansadau following frequent attacks on the community.

“It is a very sad development especially for us in Magami town because the policemen had tremendously helped in stabilizing the horrific security situation in this axis.”

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“In fact, their presence at that checkpoint had boosted the confidence of the travelers to ply that road. Dozens of travelers have been killed or kidnapped along the 50 km Gusau-Magami road. It is really sad and tragic,” a resident simply identified as Halliru said.

The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Awwal Usman Ruwandoruwa, told Daily Trust that the remains of the slain officers were brought to the hospital around 8 am on Tuesday.

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