Since Tuesday, June 2, 2020, terrorists often called bandits have consistently launched terror attacks on communities in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Murtala Dan Mamman Kanoma, a resident of Zamfara, died in one of the attacks with his father when the attackers stormed his community.
Until his death he was a trader in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State in the Southeast, who used his Facebook account to facilitate calls on the government for securing his community.
On May 23, Muratala made his last post on his wall, with pictures of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mattawalle urging them to protect the community against terror attacks.
According to Mal Junaidu, “Murtala was from Dangod. The community is not upto 30 houses but they have killed over 30 people.
“He came back from Abakaliki two days before sallah. Indeed, Muratala was lost in one of the most brutal circumstances on earth.
“They surrounded the community and all they heard were sporadic shootings. They ensured they killed everyone that came out or tried to escape and then moved to the next community, Zaman Gira,; the people are now taking refuge in gwaran.”
HumAngle earlier reported the killing of 13 in farming communities of Maru At the time the terrorists had taken control of communities, according to sources.
The sources said the terrorist had been in the communities since they dispersed the people while they were trying to organise burials for the dead on Tuesday.
The killings continued in the communities, which include Manya, Inwallar Gobirawa, Difgawa, kyaranki, Manyar Daudu, Zaman Gira, Tungar Roro, Tsibiri, Matukkuda Dandogo and Bullake, they said.
While some communities are empty, in others people are still living in fear, sources said, adding that the attackers came from Dajin Kwantiragi.
Halilu Zaman, a local source, said, “They earlier killed 13 but we couldn’t assess the level of damage until this evening when they left. After the first 13, they killed another 64, making it 77.”
Speaking to BBC, the commissioner for Justice and Security in Zamfara State confirmed the killing of 21.
The commissioner said investigations were still ongoing to ascertain the exact number of casualties and blamed the attacks on terrorists escaping from military raids in Katsina State.