Emerging report revealed that 13 people were killed in prolonged clashes between cattle thieves and local civilian militia, in the Northern Nigeria State of Zamfara, Police said, on Thursday.
The militia and cattle thieves fought a gun battle on Tuesday through Wednesday night, in the remote village of Fankashi, in the Maru District of the State, Police Spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, revealed.
“Our men recovered 13 dead bodies from the criminal gang and the vigilantes from the village after the fight”, he added.
“The village was attacked by the bandits, resulting in the fight with the militia, who were armed with locally made single-shot muskets. Police reinforcements were later sent to the area”, said Shehu.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has already ordered the deployment of 200 combat Policemen to Zamfara State, and neighbouring Kaduna State, which is suffering from similar problems.
Idris was reported to have given the order during a visit to Birnin Gwari District in Kaduna State, where armed bandits killed 10 gold miners, last weekend.