Different gun battles between the police and armed men in Zamfara and Niger states resulted in the death of 15 policemen and 15 bandits.
The Shauntv reported that 13 policemen were killed during a bandits’ attack on a police formation in Zamfara State, while three civilians were also killed.
In Niger State, two policemen were also killed when they repelled an attack on a community. Residents told reporters that the police killed 10 of the attackers.
Yesterday, both incidents occurred.
The Zamfara attack took place Sunday afternoon at Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of the state.
Yusuf Idris Gusau, a media aide to Governor Bello Matawalle, confirmed the killings in a statement. The governor had visited seven other policemen injured in the encounter.
Our correspondent was told that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but had been beaten back by soldiers stationed there.
Magami and its neighbouring villages were repeatedly attacked by bands of bandits.
After being overpowered by the soldiers, they withdrew. They then rode to a community along the Magami-Dankurmi-Dangulbi road, killing one person and setting fire to four shops.
After that, they moved to Kurar Mota and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The armed criminals then ran into the forest.
“Police vehicles conveyed the slain officers and injured ones to Gusau today. Kabir Dansada, a resident of the area, spoke to Daily Trust about seeing several police vehicles moving towards the scene.
SP Muhammad Shehu, the spokesman for the state police command, did not respond to a request for comment on the latest incident.
Despite his promise to get back to our reporter, he had not done so at the time of filing this report.