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‘Armed bandits’ kill 47 in northwest Nigeria’s Katsina state: Police

Gunmen killed 47 folks in assaults on villages within the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina within the early hours of Saturday, native police mentioned.

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Gunmen killed 47 folks in assaults on villages within the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina within the early hours of Saturday, native police mentioned.

“Armed bandits”, a few of whom wielded AK 47 weapons, carried out the assaults, Katsina police mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.

Hundreds of individuals have been killed within the final 12 months by felony gangs finishing up robberies and kidnappings in northwest Nigeria.

Such assaults have added to safety challenges in Africa’s most populous nation, which is already struggling to include Islamist insurgencies within the northeast and communal violence over grazing rights in central states.

Gunmen, some with AK 47 weapons, carried out the assaults in three native authorities authorities within the state within the early hours of Saturday between 12:30 a.m. (2330 GMT) and round three a.m., Katsina police mentioned in its assertion.

“There was reports of organised and simultaneous attacks in villages in Danmusa, Dutsenma and Safana by groups of armed bandits,” the assertion mentioned of a number of the assaults.

“Detachments of Police, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Airforce, Civil Defence and DSS (Department of State Services) have been drafted to the area,” it added.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in an announcement, mentioned he wouldn’t tolerate giant scale killing of harmless folks by felony gangs.

“In line with my commitment to security of the people, these attacks will be met with decisive force,” mentioned Buhari, who’s from Katsina.

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