Police in Zamfara state averted attacks on two villages in Talata Mafara local government area by suspected armed bandits after engaging the gunmen in a gun duel for several hours.
The spokesman of the state police command DSP Muhammad Shehu told Daily Trust that the gunmen that had last week attacked Birane village in Zurmi local government area of the state were preparing to attack two other communities of Ruwan Gizo and Yartasha in Talata Mafara LGA but were repelled.
"We engaged them in to a serious gun battle. We over powered them and one of them was killed and two Ak 47 rifles and a number of motorbikes were recovered from them," he said.
He said the armed bandits were coming to launch attacks on the villages and start a kidnapping spree. They had already kidnapped one Bilyaminu Abdullah before the police even arrived at the villages.
" The kidnapped victim was rescued and one of the armed bandits was gunned down while others escaped with various degrees of injuries and the police would reach out to the fleeing bandits as they are being trailed," he added.
In the same vein a notorious gang of kidnappers was busted and two of them arrested in Zurmi local government area of the state, investigation had already commenced.