No fewer than 26 people were yesterday reported to have been killed in fresh attacks by yet-to-be identified gunmen in Badarawa village, Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Sunday.
According to some of the survivors, who claimed that they escaped death by a whisker, about 70 bike-riding gunmen invaded and attacked the community around 8pm on Sunday and opened fire on innocent people who were watching a football match at an eatery.
According to another competent source, who did not want his name in print and who lives close to the village’s palace, 11 people were feared killed by the gunmen, dismissing the claim that 26 people were killed during the attack, which lasted for only eight minutes.
Meanwhile, a survivor, who pleaded anonymity, also told New Telegraph that the gunmen killed 11 people during the attack on the eatery against 26 people earlier claimed in some quarters to have been killed. But, the source, however, claimed that unidentified number of people sustained various degrees of injuries while trying to escape or flee the scene.
While narrating their ordeal, the source said: “We noticed the presence of a strange person at the eatery few minutes before the arrival of the attackers, but who later disappeared from the scene.
There were about 35 motorcycles with gunmen, who invaded the area and began shooting sporadically at the people. It was a clear indication that the strange face came there to monitor the movements of their targets.”
The gunmen were said to have headed for the palace of the village head, who was said to have travelled out of the village for some days before the attack. Besides, it was gathered that the gunmen took to their heels following the gunshots fired by some members of the community.