Gunmen kill dozens and kidnap children in northern Nigeria
Gunmen in Nigeria
have killed dozens of people and kidnapped a number of children
in separate attacks in two northern states, police and residents
said on Sunday, the latest incidents in a region dogged by armed
Armed gangs on motorbikes frequently take advantage of
thinly stretched security forces in the region to kidnap
villagers, motorists and students for ransom.
Residents said armed men had attacked Janbako and Sakkida
villages in northwestern Zamfara state on Saturday, killing 24
people. The gunmen also abducted several children who were
collecting firewood in a forest in neighbouring Gora village.
Hussaini Ahmadu and Abubakar Maradun, local residents in
Janbako and Sakkida, told Reuters by phone that the gangs had
earlier in the week demanded villagers pay a fee to enable them
to farm their fields, but villagers did not do so.
Zamfara police spokesman Yazid Abubakar confirmed the
attacks but said only 13 people had been reported killed and
nine young boys and girls kidnapped.
In north central Benue state, gunmen killed 25 people and
set their houses on fire during an attack on Saturday on the
Imande Mbakange community, two residents said. The motive of the
attack was not known.
Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.