Five communities of Faru district in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been attacked on Thursday morning by bandits.
The communities affected include Gudan-Baushi, Gidan-Adamu,Gudan-Maidawa, Tsauni, and Wari .
The spokesperson of the state Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, was quoted by the Punch Newspapers as putting the death toll at 35 persons.
According to him, his men failed to reach the affected communities on time when they were informed of the invasion due to the poor road network.
Mr. Shehu also maintained that the “police are currently working tirelessly” to bring the assailants to justice.
However, a source from the area, claimed the marauders, stormed the communities around 11 am on Thursday morning on motorcycles shooting indiscriminately and leaving a wake of destruction in their path.
“They were shooting sporadically at people they came across in the five communities. They also attacked farmers who were in their farmlands cultivating their crops,” he said.
He also stated that the number of casualties was more than the official figure put forth by the police.
“So far, 42 dead bodies have been recovered by the security and volunteer groups in the area.”
The corpses were taken to Faru town where they were buried.