Bandits killed 22 people during attack on Tungar Kwana village of Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday night.
It was gathered that the bandits numbering over 100 invaded the village around 11 pm where they began to shoot people indiscriminately.
An indigene of the village, Malam Ahmed Mohammed, who narrated what happened, said 22 people including children and women, were killed instantly, while other people escaped to the forest.
He also disclosed that many people who were wounded as a result of gunshots are currently receiving treatment in hospital.
The bandits, according to him, also stole a large number of animals.
“They took away many cows, sheep, and goats as well as foodstuffs,” he said.
The village was deserted on Wednesday as villagers fear the return of the bandits.
Spokesman of the Zamfara Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the development.
He said “The police have confirmed the killing of 20 people in that village but not 22.”
Shehu explained that the bandits were targeting the villagers because they gave useful information to the security agents which led to the killing of several bandits last week.
“The villagers told the security agents useful information about some bandits who rustled cows last week and the information had assisted greatly in locating and killing many of them.
“Since that time, the bandits were targeting the villagers in order to avenge the killing of their people,” he said, adding that the police was determined to apprehend the bandits.