Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly killed 51 people in five communities in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
It was gathered that the five communities include Kadawa, Kwata, Maduba, Ganda Samu, Saulawa, and Askawa.
It was learnt that hundreds of residents have been displaced by the attacks, with many of them, including women and children taking shelter in Dauran and Zurmi towns.
Residents disclosed that several motorbike riding gangs of bandits stormed the communities firing at people.
In recent weeks, Zurmi Local Government has witnessed a spike in deadly raids on rural communities.
Last week, aggrieved youths blocked Gusau–Kaura Namoda-Zurmi Road to protest the unending killings by the bandits.
Earlier, there was a protest at the palace of Emir of Zurmi Alhaji Abubakar Atiku by the dwellers of rural communities in the local government.
The bodies of the slain residents already recovered were brought to Dauran, a community located about 10 km west of Zurmi town, the headquarters of Zurmi Local Government Area.