Forty-five people died in an attack by armed bandits in northern Nigeria, civilian militia members said on Sunday, amid growing levels of rural violence often involving cattle theft, robbery and kidnappings for ransom.
A vilgilante wanting to remain unnamed said, “The 45 bodies were found scattered in the bush. The bandits pursued residents who mobilised to defend the village after overpowering them,”
“The dead included children abandoned by their parents during the attack.
“The attackers were obviously armed bandits from neighbouring Zamfara state who have been terrorising Birnin Gwari area…,” he added.
The vigilante added the bandits hit the Gwaska village in Kaduna state around 14:30 (1330 GMT) on Saturday and they stayed for three hours before retreating to their base in the forest in Zamfara.
He said, “They burnt down many homes.”
Mukhtar Aliyu spokesperson for the Kaduna state police, Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed the attack by “armed bandits” but couldn’t give further details.
The attack follows the death of at least 25 people in separate attacks in northern Nigeria last week.
The clashes have killed thirteen people in between cattle thieves and local civilian militia in Zamfara.
Nigeria has been gripped by a security crisis as nomadic herders and sedentary farmers fight over land in an increasingly bloody battle for resources.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticized for failing to tackle the violence, as it is becoming a key election issue, as Nigerians head for presidential polls in 2018.
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