It was gloomy in north-west Nigeria after bandits orchestrated a series of attacks in Zamfara State.

A total of three villages were targeted simultaneously by dozens of gunmen on motorcycles. According to a local official and residents, the gunmen opened fire sporadically on locales who tried to flee.

In one of the villages, Damri, thirty-two (32) people were killed, making it the worst hit in the incident. Hospital patients were also victims, while a police patrol vehicle was attacked. Thankfully, deployed troops were able to push back the bandits after a brief gun battle. This is according to the administrative head of Bakura district, Aminu Suleiman.

“A total of 48 people were killed by the bandits in the three villages (Damri, Sabon Garin and Kalahe) attacked Friday afternoon,” Suleiman confirmed.

One Abubakar Maigoro, a resident of Damri village, had narrated the ordeal; adding that the attackers looted livestock and food supplies before fleeing the scene.

Both the central and north-west region of Nigeria have suffered from a host of attacks by bandits and unknown gunmen in recent times. Majority of the confirmed incidents have involved village-raiding and mass abduction of local residents or commuters. Recall that the Abuja-Kaduna train was attacked leaving more than hundred villagers and vigilantes dead. Commuters were also abducted in that instance.

Earlier in the year, Zamfara State lost more than 200 of its people to gunmen raids, while a statistical compilation puts the murder count at 2600 innocent civilians as of last year (total number of Nigerian civilians killed by bandits in the region). This is based on data provided by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).

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