Bandits kill seven police officers, set patrol vehicle ablaze in Zamfara


Seven police personnel were killed by suspected bandits along the Tofa-Magami Road in the Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

An indigene of the area, Salisu Sani, told The PUNCH that the incident occurred about 6pm on Monday when the police personnel went to the area on patrol mission.

Sani said, “The bandits ambushed the police personnel, killed seven of them and set their operational vehicle ablaze.”

Sani stated that the bandits who were in large number engaged the police operatives in a gun battle, as a result of which seven of the police personnel were killed on the spot.

“I saw their dead bodies being evacuated to Gusau,” said Sani.

The spokesperson of the Yarima Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, Awwal Ruwan-doruwa confirmed that seven dead bodies of the slain police operatives were brought to the hospital.

Efforts by The PUNCH to get comments from the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Mohammed Shehu failed as he didn’t respond to the calls to his phone

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