Gunmen killed no less than 48 folks in assaults on three villages in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara statea native official and resident mentioned.
On Sunday, Aminu Suleiman, the executive head of Bakura district, the place the villages are situated, mentioned dozens of gunmen on motorbikes coordinated assaults on three villages, taking pictures folks lifeless as they tried to run. disguise.
“A complete of 48 folks have been killed by bandits in 3 villages [Damri, Kalahe and Sabon Garin] hit on Friday afternoon,” Suleiman mentioned.
Hardest hit was Damri, the place gunmen killed 32 folks, Suleiman advised AFP. The victims included sufferers at a hospital.
“They set fireplace to a police patrol automobile, killing two safety officers.”
Since 2010, gangs of robbers have been rioting in giant swaths of northern Nigeria, however it’s only in the previous couple of years that the disaster has gained nationwide notoriety in essentially the most populous nation. Africa.
The time period “bandits” is a time period used to consult with the felony gangs that masterminded kidnappings, assaults, sexual violence and kill residents throughout the north of the nation.
Information from the Armed Battle Location and Occasion Information Mission exhibits that the robber was accountable for greater than 2,600 civilian deaths in 2021 – much more deaths attributable to the militant teams Boko Haram and Islamic State within the West African province in the identical yr – and practically triple the variety of victims in 2020.
Suleiman mentioned troops deployed on three villagers have been confronted by bandits with assailants in a gunfight, forcing them to retreat.
Abubakar Maigoro, a Damri resident, mentioned gunmen who attacked his village opened fireplace earlier than looting livestock and meals provides.
“Now we have buried 48 individuals who have been killed within the assaults,” Maigoro mentioned.
Nigerian police didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Criminals have not too long ago stepped up their assaults regardless of navy campaigns concentrating on their hideouts.
The so-called bandits maintains camps in a big forest, spanning the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger.
Prior to now two months, they’ve attacked a practice touring between the capital Abuja and town of Kaduna, kidnapping dozens of passengers; massacred greater than 100 villagers; and killed dozens of members of vigilance teams.
Firstly of January, gunman killed greater than 200 folks within the state of Zamfara.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military commander, has come underneath nice strain to finish gang violence earlier than he leaves workplace subsequent yr on the finish of his two phrases in energy.
Buhari referred to as on safety forces to “do all they will to place a right away finish to the horrific killings”.
“Rural folks in Zamfara and elsewhere have to be allowed to have peace,” he mentioned in a press release Sunday.
Officers in Zamfara say greater than 700,000 folks have been displaced by the violence, prompting eight camps to open to serve them.
The escalating violence has additionally brought about 1000’s of individuals to flee to neighboring Niger, with greater than 11,000 looking for refuge in November, in response to the United Nations.