Gunmen kill 66 people in northwest Nigeria – News Vibe24

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    Kano (Nigeria): A gang of cattle thieves killed 66 people in raids in seven villages in the state of Kebbi in northwestern Nigeria, police told AFP on Saturday.
    Dozens of motorcycle attackers attacked seven neighboring villages in the Danko-Wasagu area on Thursday, Kebbi state police spokesman Nafiu Abubakar said.
    “We have proven that 66 people were killed in the attacks,” which targeted the villages of Koro, Kimpi, Gaya, Dimi, Zutu, Rafin Gora and Iguenge, Abubakar said.
    “The investigation is ongoing to determine the extent of the destruction suffered by the robbers and the search for more bodies continues,” he added.
    Police deployed in the area to prevent further attacks, while residents of the affected villages fled their homes, Abubakar said.
    The attackers are believed to have launched attacks from neighboring states of Zamara or Niger where criminals are known to hold camps.
    In April, nine police officers were killed in the area in a shooting by gunmen who stormed a village in the nearby Sakaba district to steal animals, Abubakar told AFP at the time.
    Northwestern and central Nigeria is a hub of criminal gangs of cattle thieves attacking villages, killing and abducting residents for ransom after looting and burning houses.
    The gangs, called robbers by the locals, maintain camps in the Rugu forest that extends to the states of Zafara, Katsina, Cantuna and Niger.
    Driven by financial motives, the criminals have no ideological leanings – but there is growing concern that they are being infiltrated by jihadists from the northeast, waging a 12-year uprising to establish an Islamic state.
    Gangs have recently stepped up attacks on schools, kidnapping hundreds of students to demand ransom from authorities and parents.

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