At least 20 people were on Tuesday killed by gunmen in Tungar Kwana village in Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara State, residents and police said.
Residents said that the armed men arrived the community on motorbikes after blocking the community’s entry and exit points before unleashing terror on the defenceless residents.
The resident alleged that the attack was in retaliation for the massive ongoing onslaught by Nigerian security forces against the armed bandits in their forest enclave.
The police spokesperson for Zamfara State, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident saying that 20 people were killed by bandits who see the rural residents as informants for the security agencies.
Shehu said that the area is calm as more security personnel are deployed, and the criminals would be arrested to face the weight of the law.