Armed bandits kill at least 18 people in north-west Nigeria

Violence has not witnessed a subsidence even if the world at large is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the latest of violence in Nigeria, at least 18 people lost their lives.

In Nigeria’s north-western state of Katsina, armed bandits killed at least 18 people, including a local official, and stole thousands of livestock on May 31. A police spokesman confirmed of the incident.

Police spokesman Gombo Isa confirmed the attack, adding the assailants carried “sophisticated weapons”. He said security forces were “combing the forest with a view to arresting the hoodlums”.

More than 500 men riding motorcycles, some brandishing assault rifles, charged into the Faskari local government confirmed the eyewitnesses.

The men went on to the nearby village of Sabon Garin where they killed local leader Abdulhamid Sani, 55, after attempting to kidnap him, a police spokesman added.

Nigeria has already been dealing with Islamic insurgency and communal violence, with robberies and kidnappings adding to the misery of the nation which has lost more than hundred lives in 2019 in northwest Nigeria.

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