Boko Haram militants are reported to have killed over 100 local vigilantes in a grisly attack on some communities in Zamfara State. The attack was said to have occurred on Tuesday night while the local vigilantes from Zurmi and Birnin Magaji Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state were meeting on how to tackle the insurgency.
The vigilante groups were said to have identified a major terrorists’ hideout in the jungle, which formed part of their discussions at the meeting. Unsuspecting, the vigilantes were suddenly attacked by the sect militants, who fired at them. “When the meeting was going on an informant within the meeting alerted the insurgents who immediately surrounded the victims and opened fire, killing over 100 of them and quickly escaped into the forest,” Leadership Newspaper quoted a source as saying. Many of the dead were from Zurmi, Birnin Magaji and Birnin Tsaba, where similar attacks by insurgents had occurred in the past. The Emir of Birnin Magaji, Alhaji Ahmed Umar Usman, confirmed that while his community lost eight youths, Zurmi lost about 70 and Birnin Tsaba 30.
The source added that the number of casualties may be more than the reported figure. Lawal Abdullahi, spokesman for the state police command said only 19 died in the raid.