Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

top
Map of Nigeria locating Maiduguri, near the site of Saturday's massacre

Africa

Gangs kill 18 villagers in northern Nigeria

Kano, Nigeria, Feb 25 – Gangs of thieves have killed 18 people in several attacks in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state, the government said Thursday.

Gunmen on motorcycles stormed into several villages in Igabi and Chikun districts of Kaduna state on Tuesday and Wednesday, shooting residents, burning homes and stealing livestock, Samuel Aruwan, the state internal security commissioner, said.

“Security agencies have reported a sequence of attacks by armed bandits on soft targets in Igabi and Chikun local government areas occurring over the last 48 hours,” he said in a statement.

Gunmen invaded Anaba village in Igabi district, killing seven people and burning “several houses along with warehouses and barns,” Aruwan said.

In another attack, a gang stormed Barinje village in Chikun district, shooting eight people dead and abducting some residents.

Aruwan said the gunmen also wounded an “unspecified number” of people who were being treated in the hospital.

He said the raids were reprisals for the killing of several so-called bandits in “targeted air operations” after an attack on Tuesday by cattle thieves that left three people dead.

Northwest and central Nigeria are a hub for gangs of cattle thieves and kidnappers who raid villages, killing and abducting residents and looting and burning their homes.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Earlier this month, bandits killed 19 people in attacks on villages in Kaduna’s Birnin Gwari and Kajuru districts.

The gangs have no ideological leanings but there is concern they are being infiltrated by jihadists from the northeast waging a more-than decade-old insurrection.

Comments
Advertisement

More on Capital News

World

Crediton (United Kingdom) (AFP), Jun 24 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed on Friday to listen and learn but refused to quit, after...

World

Gayan (Afghanistan) (AFP), Jun 24 – Aid trickled to devastated villages in remote parts of Afghanistan Friday but thousands of people remain with little...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – Roots Party of George Wajackoyah has appointed Omar Lali as its nationwide party coordinator of Beach Boys Association (BBA)....

AUGUST 9 COUNTDOWN

The decision was reached Friday when Azimio Party Leader Raila Odinga convened a meeting at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi to discuss the...

ANTI-TERROR WAR

Nairobi, Kenya, June 24 – An unknown number of heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants stopped a Mandera-bound passenger bus belonging to Mukaram company on Thursday...

Top stories

NAIROBI, Kenya June 24 – The Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) and the French Healthcare Federation (FHF) are set to seal a collaboration agreement to...

August Elections

ELDORET, Kenya, Jun 24 – Media coverage of Kenya’s 2022 General Election campaign has improved compared to the coverage in the run up to...

DIPLOMACY

Amb. Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, who is leading the Kenyan delegation to the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) taking place in...