Gunmen massacre 16 in Nigerian village
Published: 10:33 AM, 6 March 2021 Updated: 11:43 AM, 6 March 2021
Gunmen have stormed in a village in northwestern Nigeria near the border with Niger on Friday, massacred 16 people and injured 9 others.
The pre-dawn attack that carried out at Tara village, in Sokoto state, is the latest in a series of attacks by criminal gangs known locally as “bandits” who for years have terrorized communities, killing, pillaging and kidnapping people, reports AFP.
“The gunmen came on motorcycles and opened fire on the village,” said local resident Lawwali Umeh.
He added that they buried 16 dead bodies and nine others are badly injured.
Confirming the death toll, Saidu Naino Ibrahim, an official from the area, said the injured were being treated at a hospital.
“The attackers took away more than 100 cows,” he added.
The lawmaker said the bandits had come from “Dogon Zango, in neighboring Zamfara state.”
Bandits are known to operate out of camps in Rugu forest, which straddles Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states. In 2016, the Nigerian military deployed to the region and made a peace deal with some of the bandits in 2019, however, the attacks have continued.
More than 7,660 refugees, mostly women and children, have fled Nigeria into Maradi since January, UNHCR said. – AFP