A group led by notorious bandit leader, Turji, reportedly killed at least 20 security operatives, mostly personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and local vigilantes, in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
It was gathered that the security operatives, were sent to a village that bandits have been ravaging for a while before the bandits ambushed, killed 20 and set their patrol vehicle on fire.
Efforts to reach the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Aminu Maru, to confirm the incident proved abortive.
The Zamfara State Police Command spokesperson, SP Muhammed Shehu, said the command is preparing to issue a press statement concerning the incident.
The attack is one of the latest by bandits in the North-West who have gained national notoriety for several violent acts, including the mass kidnapping of school children.
Several individuals, groups and institutions, including the National Assembly have urged the Federal Government to designate the bandits as terrorists.
The Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, recently, said the Federal Government was in the process of reviewing and following the required procedures to designate the criminal gangs as terrorists, a step that will allow the military to unleash its full force on the criminals without triggering international human rights rebukes.