40 people reportedly killed by gunmen in Zamfara State in Nigeria

40 people have been reportedly gunned down by unknown gun wielding people at a mining field in Bindim village located in Maru local government area of the State..

The Police in Zamfara state have disclosed through the Public Relations Officer (PRO) that the gunmen were cattle rustlers.

The PRO, Mr Shehu Muhammad said that the command had yet to ascertain the actual number of those killed during the mayhem; although residents said over 40 people were killed.

According to Premium Times

Witnesses in the area said the gunmen numbering over 70 rode into the mining site at around 3 p.m. on Monday and shot anyone on sight, killing over 40 persons and injuring several others.

The gunmen were said to have carted away most of the mineral finds and also killed some of those that were in the mining pit.

The Chairman of Maru Local Government, Salisu Dangulbi, confirmed the killings but said that staff of the local council were still assisting security agents in their investigation.

President Muhamadu Buhari has however condemned the dastardly act and commiserated with the Zamfara state government and people.

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