Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has condoled with the families of victims caught in military fire against bandits in Maru Local Government Area of the state.
The governor expressed sympathy over the incident in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, on Tuesday.
Bappa said the governor was saddened to hear the latest development when the Nigeria Airforce was out to eliminate a group of bandits but unfortunately hit a number of civilians.
“This unfortunate incident has come at a time when both the state government and the Nigeria military are poised to effectively end the menace of the bandits, especially by taking the fight to their enclaves.
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“I wish to, on behalf of myself, my family, the state government and the entire good people of Zamfara State, extend my sincere sympathy to those who were injured and the families of those who died as a result of this collateral damage,” the governor said.
He said the state government had swung into action to address the remote and immediate causes of the incident with the aim of averting any further ugly incident in future.