A district head , Alhaji Umaru Bawan Allah and five other persons have been shot dead earlier today in an attack on Gada community in Maru local government area of Zamfara State.
Information from residents is that dozens of armed men stormed the community around 1am and went house to house, picking identified targets and shooting them dead.
Women and children were abducted by criminals when they were trying to escape.
A resident, Aliyu said;
“However, with the combined efforts of the local vigilantes and the security operatives the abducted residents were rescued.
“The armed men were intercepted at a spot near Karakkai community. The security operatives mobilised and the local vigilante helped to block their passage.
“After a heavy gunfight, the armed criminals abandoned the abducted victims probably because they were out gunned and out numbered
The spokesman for the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.