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Security forces patrol Nigeria's Zamfara State where insecurity and attacks by bandits continue to cause death and destruction Security forces patrol Nigeria's Zamfara State where insecurity and attacks by bandits continue to cause death and destruction 

Nigeria: dozens die in bandit attacks on villages

Nigeria's northwest Zamfara State is one of the worst-hit by kidnappings and attacks. It has seen a sharp rise in mass abductions and other violent crimes since late 2020 as the government struggles to maintain law and order amid a flagging economy.

By Nathan Morley

Gunmen have killed at least 30 people in Nigeria's Zamfara State.

Reports suggest the bandits raided several villages in a region that has been in a security crisis for several years.

 

The attack at Anka occurred just before 1 am on Tuesday when several hundred armed bandits on motorbikes stormed eight villages and started firing shots.

Residents said many shops and houses were torched by the perpetrators.

With the government struggling to maintain law and order-driven the dire economy - the region has seen a sharp rise in abductions and other violent crimes since late 2020.

A spokesperson for the regional governor said the gunmen were intercepted by the military but gave few other details.

Unverified local sources suggest many more defenseless villagers may have been killed in this most recent spate of violence.

Listen to the report by Nathan Morley
08 January 2022, 14:32