A total of 22 people have been killed in Tungar Kwana village of Talata-mafara local government area of Zamfara state on Tuesday.
An indigene of the village, Malam Ahmed Mohammed told news men that, the bandits numbering over 100 invaded the village around 11 pm last night and began sporadic shooting.
He confirmed that twenty two people including women and children were killed instantly, while other people fled to the forest for safety.
Mohammed also said that, many people were wounded as they sustained various gunshots and were currently in hospital receiving treatment.
The bandits, according to him had also carted away with large number of animals.
He Maintained that the village has been deserted for fear of the return of the bandits who have been attacking the people of the village in the past.
Confirming the incident, Zamfara State Police Command Public Relations Officer , SP Mohammed Shehu said “the police have confirmed the killing of 20 people in that village but not 22”.
Shehu explained that, the bandits were targeting the villagers because they ( villagers) gave useful information to the security agents which led to the killing of several bandits last week.
“The villagers told the security agents a useful information about some bandits who rustled cows last week and the information had assisted greatly in locating and killing many of them”.
“Since that time, the bandits were targeting the villagers in order to avenge the killing of their people”.
He said that, the police command had drafted its personnel in order to arrest those bandits and bring them to justice.