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UPDATED: Four Policemen Killed In Zamfara Bandit Attack

Channels Television had reported that the officers had mounted a checkpoint along Bungudu-Gusau Road when the armed bandits ambushed and opened fire on them.


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The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed the killing of four policemen by armed bandits on Monday night during an attack in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The spokesperson for the command, ASP Yazid Abubakar, said four of their personnel were killed during the midnight attack on a police checkpoint along Gusau-Bungudu road.

“We went there this morning and I can confirm to you that four of our personnel were killed during the attack, they were on patrol where they used to mount checkpoint before moving to another location, the bandits engaged them unaware.”

Channels Television had reported that the officers had mounted a checkpoint along Bungudu-Gusau Road when the armed bandits ambushed and opened fire on them.

In a previous telephone conversation, Abubakar had confirmed the attack but asked our correspondent for more time to confirm if policemen were among the victims.

A resident of Bungudu town, Ibrahim Bungudu, told our correspondent that four of the policemen were killed during the attack.

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He said the rampaging bandits also shot one person at Tagero village under the Furfuri district of Bungudu Local Government Area (LGA).

Bungudu added that several cattle belonging to residents of Tagero village were also rustled by the bandits.

“The bandits ambushed the police along Gusau-Bungudu road close to Nabature company and killed four. They also rustled many cattle at Tagero village under Furfuri district, one person was shot in the hand in the village,” he said.

Another resident of Bungudu town, Usman Bungudu, also confirmed the attack.

He said the bandits attacked the policemen while on checkpoint duty around midnight and killed four of them.

“The incident happened around 12 am when the policemen mounted a checkpoint along Gusau road. The bandits just ambushed and shot at them; they ran away after killing four policemen,” he said.