Armed bandits kill people and torch houses in villages in Kaduna and Katsina states.
Gunmen killed 36 people in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades as security deteriorated in Africa’s most populous country, officials said. officials and residents.
The series of attacks by armed bandits has occurred over the past 48 hours, with 18 people each killed in villages in Kaduna and Katsina states and several others injured.
The attackers burned down houses, displacing the villagers.
In one declaration As quoted by the Daily Post website, Kaduna State Homeland Security and Home Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan said the attacks in that state followed an aerial operation by security forces during which “several armed bandits” had been killed.
Hundreds of people have been killed in northern Nigeria by criminal gangs who have committed thefts and kidnappings.
The attacks have added to security challenges in Nigeria, which is struggling to contain insurgencies in the northeast and community violence over grazing rights in central states.
The latest attack comes less than a month after President Muhammadu Buhari replaced his longtime military leaders amid escalating violence, with armed forces fighting to reclaim other cities in the northeast overrun by the fighters.
Last week, unidentified gunmen killed a student in an attack on a boarding school in north-central Niger state and abducted 42 people, including 27 students.