Seven teenage girls from Magamin Diddi village in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State were killed when an object believed to be a bomb exploded.
The deceased according to an indigene of the area, Malam Faruku Magami, were among the nine girls who went to the nearby bush to fetch firewood.
Faruku explained that when the girls went into the nearby bush, they saw an object on the ground, and out of curiosity they wanted to open it when suddenly it exploded.
“Seven out of the nine girls died on the spot and the remaining two escaped with some injuries,” Faruku said.
Faruku stressed that the people of Magamin Diddi village and other neighbouring villages were in total fear since the incident happened.
“We have been in total fear since the incident happened because we learnt that, it was a bomb that had exploded.”
Confirming the incident to newsmen on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, said the victims went to the bush in search of firewood when they picked an explosive device and began playing with it, and shortly after, it exploded.
The Commissioner said, “Six were said to have died instantly, while others who sustained various degrees of injuries were immediately rushed to a hospital in Gusau, the state capital for medical attention.”
Dauran further explained that another girl had also died in the hospital, bringing the number of the girls killed to seven.