The Police Command in Kebbi has explained how bandits who were on the run from Zamfara State invaded Dankade village in Danko/Wsaagu Local Government Area of the state and killed 13 civilians, one police officer, and two soldiers on Friday afternoon.
The spokesperson for Kabbi Police Command, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria while dismissing claims on the social media that 50 people were killed by the yet to be identified gunmen.
Abubakar who spoke in a telephone interview with NAN in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital said that 16 people including a policeman and two soldiers were killed in the attack which occurred around 3.00 p.m. contrary to the claim on the social media.
He added that police patrol teams responded to the attack and were able to eliminate some of the gunmen.
According to Abubakar, the police officers and the two soldiers were killed by the bandits during engagement with the gunmen.
He said, “The incident happened on Friday around 3.00 p.m.as the bandits coming from Zamfara State invaded the Dankade village and killed 13 civilians, one police officer and two soldiers.
“On hearing of the invasion, the police patrol teams mobilised to the village and engaged them in a gun duel resulting in the loss of one of our police officers and two army personnel.
“Thirteen civilians were killed and we also eliminated unknown number of bandits in the duel.”
Abubakar said that the bandits also set some houses ablaze.
He said that investigation had commenced and called on the general public to assist the command with relevant information to facilitate the arrest of the bandits.
The police spokesman said that the police with the support of public would evolve strategies to prevent the recurrence of such attack. (NAN)