No fewer than 15 persons have been killed as gunmen attacked Zakuna village in Zamfara State, North-west Nigeria.
This latest onslaught comes bare a week after the killing of 26 people in another community in the state.
The attack was confirmed by the public relations officer of the Zamfara State police command, Muhammad Shehu, who said the gunmen raided Zakuna, in Anka Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Friday and stole cows belonging to villagers.
He said a vigilante group known as Yansakai took on the rustlers, forcing them to flee only for the bandits to reinforce and attack the village, killing 15 people.
“On receiving the reports of the attack, the police mobilised to the village and discovered 15 dead bodies, majority of whom were Yansakai.
“The police have, however, deployed heavy security to the area to maintain peace and stability.
“Bush combing and rigorous patrol is being carried out throughout the area by the police to avoid further loss of lives.”
The police spokesman added that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, had ordered discreet investigation into the latest incident to catch the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Zamfara State has come under repeated attacks in recent times that have left scores dead and communities sacked.