Junaid Salisu - a resident of Lingyadi village near the site of today's attacks which suffered a similar fate last year at the hands of robbers - receiving treatment in May 2011 (File photo)
Twenty seven persons, including a policeman were killed by armed robbers in the early hours of Monday in Dangulbi Village in the Dansadau Emirate of Zamfara.
An eye-witness, Alhaji Lawalli Dangulbi, who spoke to newsmen at the Gusau Specialist Hospital, said there was pandemonium in the village when the robbers struck.
He said the assailants shot sporadically, killing 18 persons instantly.
Alhaji Dangulbi is the chairmanship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party for Maru Local Government Area in the Local Government Council polls coming up later this month.
He explained that the other dead bodies were discovered in neighbouring villages of Biya, Guru and Sabuwar Kasuwa.
The party stalwart said that he managed to carry eight wounded persons from the scene of the attack which, he said, was over 100 kilometres from the state capital, Gusau for treatment.
The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Gwary, was however, not available for comments.
The commissioner was said to have travelled to the scene of the crime with the state's Acting Gov. Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala.
They went there to see things for themselves, sympathise with the people and attend the mass burial of the dead.
The Command's Public Relations Officer, Mr Sanusi Amiru, confirmed the incident but refused to give further details.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the attack might be a reprisal attack for an earlier ambush on the criminals' enclaves in the emirate by security operatives and vigilante groups.
The attackers were reported as not having taken anything from their victims during the attack.
NAN reports that Gov. Abdul'Aziz Yari made donation of operational vehicles with communications gadgets to security operatives in the state last month, bringing the number of such vehicles to 74.
The vehicles were donated in a bid to combat armed robbery and other criminal activities in the state.