• News - North West - Zamfara
  • Updated: January 08, 2022

Zamfara Buries Over 143 Victims Of Terrorism, Searches For More Bodies

Zamfara State has buried about 143 bodies recovered from brutal attacks on several communities in Anka and Bukuyyum local government areas of the state which occurred on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reports disclosed that terrorists loyal to terror kingpin, Bello Taraji, who were displaced by fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force from their enclaves in Fakai forest in Shinkafi Local Government Area, were moving southwards of Zamfara when they descended on the locals, killing many.

According to Daily Trust, residents of the areas said more corpses were being recovered from bushes as some of the people were caught unawares on their farmlands. The remains of some of the victims were decapitated or burnt beyond recognition.

A resident identified as Babangida said, “One of the pathetic stories about the carnage is that women and children were not spared. As blazes ripped through residential houses, children and women were not allowed to escape because the terrorists stood outside, waiting for anyone coming out.

“The charred bodies of the victims were later recovered and buried. Those who had managed to escape are taking shelter in some considerably safer communities. It was very calamitous.

“The communities that were assaulted are more than 10. This is because the armed men were moving from one community to another on motorbikes. Although they have withdrawn, they are not far from the raided villages,” he said.

Daily Trust had reported on Friday that five communities of Kurfa Danya, Kurlaa Magaji Rafin Gero, Tungar Isa and Barayar Zaki in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas were under attack.

The terrorists took over for 48 hours, killing the locals and burning their houses and farmlands.

A fighter jet dispatched to the area on a rescue mission could not achieve a lot because, after sensing danger, the terrorists melted into the civilian population.

Another source said the terrorists used the people as human shields, making it difficult for the fighter jet to bomb them. “It was at night that they disappeared because it was practically impossible for the fighter jet to attack them,” he said.

The state government and security forces had not officially spoken about the attacks as of the time of filing this report.

Sources have disclosed that the armed criminals were spotted setting up tents in Gando forest in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of the state.

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A'isha Ahmad
A'isha Ahmad

Kano based Nigerian  Broadcast journalist, writer, reseacher. You can reach out via [email protected]

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