Bandits operating in Zamfara forests have killed four policemen and an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the highly volatile state.
The gunmen also left another person critically injured.
The spokesperson of the state police command, Shehu Mohammed confirmed the incident to newsmen.
It was gathered that security operatives were killed in an ambush by heavily armed bandits along Gora Community in Maradun Local Government Area of the state.
Mohammed said the ambush followed the killing of an unspecified number of bandits who blocked the Bakura – Gusau road on Sunday afternoon.
He said, “Yes, they ambushed our troops killing four policemen, one Civil Defence personnel and another was critically injured but receiving treatment in an undisclosed Hospital”.
The Command according to him has sent a reinforcement of troops and traced the bandits to the forest.
He disclosed that six rifles belonging to the police were recovered from the bandits after a gun duel that lasted for hours, noting that peace has returned to the area.