Babimsurugu: children abandon classes as gun shots ring through town

School children in the Babim-surugu community near Nakpanduri in the Northern region have been forced to abandon classes for fear of their lives. This comes after a 42 year old man was killed and his body mutilated by gunmen on his farm on Wednesday.

The deceased, Sagark Danaaba, and his wife were farming when the men attacked them and opened fire on him.

His wife escaped unhurt but he died instantly.
The gunmen then chopped off one of his hands and his genitals, and cut his head into two.

Police in the Northern Region have confirmed the incident to JOY NEWS and have begun investigateons.

Wife of the deceased, Azimi Danaaba tells JOY NEWS she is traumatized by the incident and is demanding justice.

Speaking through an interpreter, Azimi said they were in the farm with other neigbouring farmers when they heard dogs barking.

She suddenly heard shouts and people started running helter-skelter when the attackers opened fire on them.

Both she and the late husband tried to escape through different directions but the husband could not make it to safety.

Azimi said she personally know two of the five attackers and was prepared to helpt the police identify them.

She called on the state to help get justice for the late husband, as she feared the group might launch further attacks if they are not apprehended.

Meanwhile, residents who had fled from Kpemale to Babim-surugu in March 2013 because of the conflict there, say they want an end to the violence to enable them live normal lives.

A man who wants to remain anonymous tells JOY NEWS children have been asked to stay away from school for their safety.

He said even though the police assured them that their safety would be guaranteed, latest developments in the area suggest otherwise, leaving them in doubt.

Although the police acknowledged the need to erect security post there, nothing has been done.

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