Gusau - Gunmen numbering about 20 on Tuesday attacked the Kaboro community in the Dansadau Emirate of Zamfara, killing 18 people, including the village head.
A survivor, Malam Sani Abdullahi, who narrated his ordeal to newsmen in Gusau, said the bandits, swooped on the village at about 4 a.m and began to shoot sporadically.
"It was when the shooting started that the village head, identified as Alhaji Maiyara, came out to plead with the gunmen to stop the heinous crime. But they got at him and killed him.
"He was killed instantly when they felt that he was disturbing them with his endless begging after he was warned to shut up and keep off.
"They fired from different angles of the village and killed whoever attempted to escape, after killing our village head," he said.
Haruna Kabir, another survivor who spoke to the newsmen, said he heard gunshots from far away and sensed that a disaster was befalling the community.
He said he escaped from the village through a bush path, adding that he would not return to the village in a hurry.
The bandits were believed by the villagers to be responsible for the killing of 22 people at Dogon Dawa village in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State about a fortnight ago.
Malam Nuhu Anka, the Director of Press to Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau.
He said the governor had directed the state Emergency Management Agency to supply relief materials to the victims’ families.
The state’s acting Governor, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, along with the Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, have already visited the village.
NAN recalls that in October 2011 in lingyado village, in the same Dansadau axis of Zamfara, 19 people were killed through a similar night attack by armed bandits.