Thirty six people killed by gunmen in Birane Village, Zurmi Local Council of Zamfara State on Wednesday have been buried.
The state police command had said the attack was a reprisal against the villagers for intercepting a suspected cattle rustler.
DSP Muhammad Shehu, the police public relations officer, said some hunters in the village intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some suspected stolen cattle and sheep on February 13.
“The herder abandoned the animals and escaped into the bush, but unknown to the hunters, the cattle rustler went to Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State and mobilised bandits to attack the hunters.
“On Feb. 14, the bandits ambushed the hunters in the bush and there was a clash that led to fatalities on both sides,” he said.
Shehu also said that 18 bodies were recovered from the scene of incident as against the 36 reported.
“Police/Military and other sister agencies reacted by combing the bush and it’s environs to salvage the situation and discovered 18 dead bodies.
“It is believed that the bandits took away their own members that were killed. Meanwhile, bush combing is in progress so as to further profile the area.
“Mobile policemen/Special forces and other security personnel from other sister security agencies have already been deployed to the area to restore peace and stability,” Shehu added.
The spokesman said that the command’s Intelligence Unit had begun investigation into the matter.
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