A series of attacks, carried out overnight Saturday to Sunday in northwestern Sokoto state Nigeria, left at least 43 dead.
“They opened fire on the village indiscriminately,” Abdullahi Dantani, from the village of Satiru where 18 people were murdered, told AFP.
“We lost 18 people in the raid by the gunmen, who came into the village on motorcycles,” said Satiru village resident Umeh Na-Ta’ala.
25 were killed overnight from Saturday to Sunday at state capital Sokoto when gunmen reportedly rode into four villages – Rukunni, Tsage, Giire and Kalfu and hot at the inhabitants of the rural villages and took their cattle and food.
According to police, all the victims were innocent civilians.
“I mourn with the country for these excessive forms of violence and terrorism against innocent Nigerians,” Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement on Sunday.
“Perpetrators and sponsors of such dastardly acts (will) be held accountable,” Buhari said.A man belonging to a vigilante group battling herdsmen stands in front of a house destroyed by a group of herdsmen in the village of Nzumoso, Nigeria on February 20, 2019. (Photo by AFP)
Gang attacks are one of several security challenges facing Nigeria. Northern Nigeria especially, has been increasingly shaken in recent months by gang attacks. Gang members with no known political or religious motives attack villages stealing food and livestock, burning homes, and kidnapping for ransom, among others.A file picture taken and released on June 18, 2013 shows a resident inspecting a burnt house in the village of Kizara, after a group of bandits attacked the village, killing 48 people. (Photo by AFP)