Scores of women and children on Wednesday, drowned while fleeing a terrorist attack in Birnin Wajje community of Zamfara State.
The boats they boarded while fleeing the attack were said to have capsized following an onboard stampede.
Birnin Wajje is a riverine community two kilometres from the local government headquarters in Bukkuyum.
The terrorists invaded the community around 6pm while residents were reportedly preparing for prayers.
Ibrahim Zauma, a new media aide of Bello Matawalle, the state governor, confirmed the attack on his Facebook page.
“Following an onboard stampede of displaced persons running from pursuing bandit terrorists at Zauma ferry station, an unknown number of mostly women and children got drowned after two canoes capsized,” he said.