Terrorists attack Zamfara, murders traditional ruler, sets fire and kills three others.

Armed men assaulted Gada community in Zamfara State’s Bungudu Local Government Area on Wednesday, killing the community’s traditional ruler, Umaru Bawan-Allah, and three other citizens.

Usman Ahmad, the Secretary of the Bungudu Emirate Council, told journalists that the attackers broke into the community around 1 a.m. and wreaked havoc on the residents.

The emirate council has set a time of 4 p.m. Wednesday for the burial rites of the traditional ruler and the other victims, according to Mr Ahmad.

Bungudu, the local council headquarters, is roughly seven kilometers away from Gada.

The news comes just three months after Hassan Attahiru, the Emir of Bungudu, was abducted along the Kaduna-Abuja route in September. He was held captive for 32 days before being released.

The Bungundu emir holds a higher position than Gada’s traditional ruler, who was murdered in the attack on Wednesday.

Residents reported the gunmen killed, maimed, and raped women at will for roughly four hours.

They claimed the criminals set fire to food and vehicles parked in the traditional ruler’s palace.

When journalists sought to call Muhammad Shehu, the police spokesperson in Zamfara, his phone number was disconnected on Wednesday morning.

Terrorist attacks on Zamfara towns have grown commonplace, with hundreds of people dead or kidnapped in 2021. Other Northwest states that have had similar attacks include Sokoto, Katsina, and Kaduna.

Despite the significant presence of security personnel in the region, the attacks have continued.

Aminu Masari, the governor of Katsina State, recommended locals to arm themselves in order to defend themselves against the bandits on Tuesday.

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