Armed gang on the rampage in Nigeria


An armed gang killed at least 34 people in attacks on villages in north-west Nigeria, police said, part of a wave of violence government blames on bandits.

Hundreds of people died in the north-west region this year, adding to security problems in a country struggling with Islamist insurgencies in the north-east and conflict between farmers and herders in central states.

The armed gang came to unprotected villages in the north-western state Zamfara on Friday, killing 34 people, said Muhammed Shehu, police spokesman.

People from the village told Reuters the attackers escaped.

“We heard gunshots and saw people running for shelter, chased by men on motorbikes,” said Shehu Shinkafi.

“We took cover in a house nearby and after the bandits were done with their killing spree they moved to another village,” he said, adding he counted 12 bodies in his village.

The gang left without any resistance as there was no security in the area and it was only after the massacre police arrived, Shinkafi and other witnesses said.