Unknown bandits have claimed 22 lives in Tungar Kwana village, the Talata-mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
An indigene of the village, Mallam Ahmed Mohammed, in an interview with PUNCH, stated that the bandits were over 100 in numbers.
Mohammed added that they invaded the village around 11 pm on Tuesday and opened fire on everyone in sight.
He said, “Twenty-two people, including children and women, were killed instantly, while other people escaped into the forest.”
Mohammed said many people were also wounded as a result of gunshots and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
“They also took away several cows, sheep and goats as well as foodstuffs,” Mohammed added.
He said the village had been deserted for fear that the bandits might return.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said, “The police have confirmed the killing of 20 people in that village; not 22.