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26 killed in fresh attack as gunmen open fire on villagers in Zamfara (graphic)

No less than 26 people were killed in two towns in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State prior today after furnished scoundrels assaulted a mining site at Kuru-kuru town and furthermore trapped a few people from the neighboUring Jarkuka town as they prepared to convey help to Kuru-kuru.

“There are three villages: Gwoza where 16 people were killed, Kulukulu where four people were killed and Tokwa where six people were killed,” .

“This brings the total number to 26 people that were killed. This matter has been taken to the security agents who have been made aware.”

A witness, Sadi Musa, said scores of people were killed at the mining site on Wednesday evening which forced the miners to flee for safety.

Mr Musa said when residents from the nearby Jarkuka came later to join the Kuru-kuru survivors in burying the dead, the gunmen attacked again, and killed more people.

While describing those behind the attacks as armed bandits, he however reiterated the determination of the state government in apprehending the perpetrators of the heinous crimes.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Mohammed Shehu, who affirmed the occurrence, said endeavors are being made to find the bandits.

The bandits had attacked Bawan Daji village in the same Anka Local Government Area two weeks ago and killed over 30 people.

They returned the following day and killed mourners at a grave yard.

This led to the deployment of Air Force and Army personnel to the area to contain the situation.

The soldiers had since swung into action and killed several bandits.

Although no group claimed responsibility for the attack, recent attacks in the state have been blamed on herdsmen