Forty-four bandits have been feared killed in Zamfara State in inter-group clashes.
The face-off, TheNewsGuru.com has learnt took place in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the State.
Indigenous people of the area told our correspondent that the fight broke out between the two rival groups near Maniya village of LGA.
Bello Turji, who is a notorious leader of one of the groups is said to be leading his gagng while the other group was led by another kingpin, Dullu.
A resident of the area, Umar Khamisu said the two groups engaged in a serious fight as a result of the killing of Turji’s relatives who were on their way to Kano to receive medical attention.
He maintained that Turji’s relatives were attacked and killed along Shinkafi-Kaura-Namoda road on their way to Kano by the bandits under the leadership of the other notorious bandits’ leader.
Khamisu this development led Turji to mobilise his men and moved to Dullu’s camp in Maniya forest to avenge the killing of his relatives.
He said The two groups fought for two days between Monday and last Tuesday where scores were killed with several others injured.
TheNewsGuru.com further learnt that that both sides have recorded several casualties and Dullu was killed during the encounter.
“Information also reached us that Turji lost 16 people while 28 were Killed from Dullu’s camp including Dullu himself.”
According to him, Dullu was caught alive by Turji’s boys and later shot dead.
A farmer, who gave his name as Samaila, said, “We were on our farms on Tuesday when we saw several bandits on motorcycles moving towards the forest.”
“As we were about to run for our dear lives, one of the bandits told us that we should not panic.”
“A few minutes later, we heard several gunshots in the forest and we realised that Turji’s boys have attacked Dullu’s camp.”
The spokesperson of the state police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, told The PUNCH that he was not in the full picture of the incident.
“I don’t have full details of this incident but I will brief you more when I get to the office later today.”