Unknown gunmen suspected to be armed bandits invaded Tsafe town, the council headquarters of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing three people.
It was gathered that the victims included the son of the state’s Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs and former DIG, Mamman Tsafe.
Salemgists learnt from a source that the gunmen invaded the town on Sunday, April 3, immediately after night prayer and went on a shooting spree.
The source said the incident reportedly occurred in the ‘Hayin Tumbi’ area, which is close to the commissioner’s residence, while many people were still in mosques observing their night prayers,
A police source confirmed the attack and the killing of the commissioner’s son, adding that the police would release an official statement on the incident.
Residents said the criminals clad in military uniforms stormed Shiyar Namada area close to the commissioner’s residence and opened fire on people.
A resident simply identified as Umar said:
“Some residents who had earlier spotted them mistook them as security operatives on routine patrol. Some of them didn’t bother to raise alarm.”
“The commissioner’s son, alongside some other people were seated at the frontage of DIG Ibrahim Mamman Tsafe’s residence during iftar when suddenly the armed men showed up and started firing at every one on sight.
“During the attack most people observing Tarawih prayer in several mosques around the area and residents had to flee to safety. The armed men later withdrew into the forest. As I’m talking to you I’m at the Waziri’s residence where preparations for their funeral are underway.”