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GUNMEN ATTACKS THREE COMMUNITIES IN ZAMFARA, KILLS (13) PEOPLE, RESIDENTS BLOCK GUSAU-ZARIA ROAD IN PROTEST

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Some gunmen have invaded several communities in Gusau local government area of Zamfara on Sunday.

The communities invaded include Karazau, Yar Tsakkuwa and Gidan Kaura and both of them are located few kilometers away from Gusau the capital city of Zamfara State.

A source who confided on this medium said the Sunday attack resulted in the Killing of (7) seven persons in Karazau, four (4) in Gidan Kaura and two (2) others in Yar Tsakkuwa.

According to the source, they went to the villages, fired at anyone sighted and forced women and children out of their homes as they moved to Sabon Gida a nearby village where federal university Gusau is hosted for safety.

He said the anger of the action of the gunmen resulted in a serious protest as residents of the villages blocked the popular Gusau-Zaria highway for some hours.

The source added that, it took the intervention of the security agencies to get the highway unblocked for the commuters and travelers to continue with their journey.

He said the fleeing residents informed them at Sabon Gida that when the gunmen were conducting their operation, some residents reached out to the military operatives stationed at Kwatarkwashi as well as the police manning the road block along Kwatarkwashi-Sabon Gida road but for intervention, but they eventually failed to act.

He added that while the protest was ongoing, one of the bandits was sent to ascertain if security operatives are coming to the villages for rescue,, but the bandit was trailed by the local vigilante operatives and was eventually killed.

He further said, while the residents were conducting funeral prayers of the deceased at Karazau on Sunday, the gunmen returned and attempted to launch fresh attack before the local vigilante operatives engaged them in the exchange of fire.

It was also gathered that, as at 10:00am on Monday the gunmen came back to same Karazau village and are currently exchanging fire with the local vigilante.

Effort to speak to the Police Spokesperson for Zamfara command SP Shehu Muhammad has failed

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GUNMEN BLOCKED HIGHWAY IN ZAMFARA, KILL TWO AND INJURED FOUR OTHERS

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Some suspected gunmen blocked the Kaura Namoda-Shinkafi Highway on Wednesday at around 12:00pm and opened fire on a Golf car which was driving toward Shinkafi from Kaura Namoda.

According to a source, the bandits laid ambush on the incoming car and opened fire on the passengers conveyed inside the car.

Two persons were killed instantly while four others were wounded and rushed to the General Hospital, Kaura Namoda.

According to the source, the injured after receiving first aid treatment were later moved to an advance health facility in Gusau for advance medical attention.

Effort to speak to the Police Spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad has failed as at the time of filing this report

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KUJE ATTACK: 600 INMATES MISSING

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The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi, has confirmed the missing of about 600 inmates from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje, as 300 inmates were retrieved from bushes.

Speaking with newsmen, in Abuja, Magashi said they suspect the attack was carried out by the Boko-Haram terrorist sect.

He said, “They attempted the initial entry with a very high explosive, but they were unsuccessful”.

According to him, after the unsuccessful first attempt, then they attacked another section of the wall with even higher grade explosive which brought the wall down.

He explained that the forces on the ground did everything they could to repel them but the number of the terrorists they came with was overwhelming which they were not able to fight against.

“The incident took about 30 minutes, before the reinforcements arrived”.
The Minister gave the figure of the inmates at about 994 inmates in the prison.

“We understand, the attackers were Boko Haram, and they came specifically to get their co-conspirators freed”, he added.
He lamented that majority of the terrorists freed from the prison are now in the general population.

“But many of them have returned, they have reported themselves to the police, some we have successfully retrieved from the bushes where they were hiding”, The Minister added.

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POLICE ACP KILLS BY GUNMEN IN KATSINA

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Katsina state police command has announced the murder of ACP Aminu Umar during a special operation along at Zakka village in Safana local government area of the state.

The Spokesperson of the police in Katsina SP Gambo Isah said in a statement that, one other police operative also lost his life during the operation.

“ A distress call was received that terrorists numbering over three hundred (300), on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of Katsina state”.

“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross exchange of gun fire”.

According to Gambo Isah the Police Commissioner condoles the families of the deceased and prayed for God almighty to grant the deceased eternal rest.

He re-affirms the commitment of the police in fighting insecurity and insurgency and ensure that peace has returned to the state.

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