Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kills Over 200 In Zamfara Villages
No fewer than 200 villagers have been killed in a wave of sustained three day attacks on a village in Zamfara state by suspected Fulani herdsmen. The Emir of Dansadau, Alhaji Hussaini Adamu who confirmed this said 105 of the victims were killed in Yargaladima village in Dansadau Emirate of Maru Local government area of Zamfara State within three days.
The Emir disclosed this on Sunday during the burial of 40 of the victims in Yargaladima. On Saturday alone, 70 people were killed in Yargaladima barely 48 hours after gunmen killed 22 people in two villages within the emirate.The Emir told a delegation of top government functionaries which included the state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, who attended Sunday’s burial that “We lost a total of 105 people.”
It was gathered that the attackers numbering over 70, swooped on the villagers who were at a meeting to discuss the security situation in the area. By the time the dust settled, police authorities said 79 persons were killed, a figure which the emir noted was lower than the 105 his subjects buried, while villagers claimed they have lost 200 persons.
It was learnt that the remains of first set of over 70 killed on Thursday and Friday, were first deposited at the Dansadau General Hospital before they were buried on Saturday. The Police Public Relations Officer, of the Zamfara State Police Command, DSP Lawal Abdullahi, had while confirming the attack earlier, said 30 people were feared dead with a number of people injured. According to him, the Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Bichi, has deployed counter terrorist squad to the area to forestall a re-occurrence.
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