According to residents, 18 people were reportedly killed on Sunday morning after gunmen loyal to a notorious bandit kingpin, Damina, attacked Kango and Dangulbi villages in Maru Local Government Area in Zamfara.
Residents from the communities said several people who fled the attack are yet to return.
Maru Local Government is a hotbed for banditry in the state.
The 18 victims were buried according to Islamic rites after the attack, a village leader, who asked not to be named, said.
Another source, Shehu Ismaila, a resident of Maru town told PREMIUM TIMES that 13 people were killed in Dangulbi while five were killed in Kango. Mr Ismaila is from Dangulbi.
Mr Ismaila said the bandits attacked Kango first before moving to Dangulbi where they killed some of the residents working on their farms.
“Six people were killed outside the community while the remaining seven were killed inside the main village. Those killed were early risers who were possibly trying to do some work on their farm before returning home to continue with the Sallah celebrations,” he said.
He added that the five killed in Kango were all shot.