Bandits Kill 13 Police Officers, Injure 7 in Zamfara

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Bandits have killed 13 policemen on Sunday at a mobile camp in Kurar of Mota, Bagudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The Zamfara State police command has confirmed the killing of the 13 officers and injuring 7 other officers.

Mohammed Shehu, the command’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday by the state police command.

“The attack occurred on Sunday at about 1230hrs when mobile police operatives deployed at Kurar Mota  Village were responding to a distress call with regards  to an attempt by the bandits to attack some nearby communities.

“The police personnel, who ran into the ambush, exhibited resilience and gallantry by engaging the hoodlums, an effort that deterred the bandits from attacking the communities.

“Unfortunately, 13 personnel paid the supreme price. However, the bandits on their part suffered heavy casualties.

A special Anti-Banditry Operation is currently ongoing with a view to tracking down the assailants. “ the statement explained. 

The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle says he is “devastated” by the killing of police officers.

In a statement signed by the media aide of the governor, Yusuf Idris, the governor said this when he visited seven other injured policemen who are currently receiving medical attention at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, the State Capital.

“The police officers were ambushed at a mobile police camp set up as part of the measures taken by the government to fight bandits in the state. 

“It was on receipt of the news of the unfortunate incident that the governor… immediately rushed to the hospital to sympathize with those receiving treatment at the facility,” the statement read.

The governor promised to work with all security agencies to ensure that the bandits and their collaborators are brought to justice.

“While lamenting the attack, Maltawalle promised to partner other security agencies in the state to track down the attackers and all their sponsors and collaborators with a view to bringing them to justice.

“Matawalle, who was highly devastated by the incident, said the troops are doing very well at the war front… and had decimated the number of insurgents in the area.” The statement concluded 

NAN

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