A terror gang has killed 66 persons in raids on eight villages in Danko-Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State, Northwest Nigeria, police said.
Nafiu Abubakar, Kebbi State police spokesman, in a statement on Saturday, June 5 2021, said the assailants on motorbikes attacked the villages on Thursday, killing at least 66 residents as others fled their homes.
“The killing took place in Koro, kimpi, Gaya, Dimi, Zutu, Rafin Gora and Iguenge villages, all in Danko/Wasagu LGA of Kebbi State,” Abubakar said.
He explained that an investigation was underway to ascertain the extent of destruction by the terrorists as well as the search for more bodies.
Abubakar added that police officers had been deployed to the area to forestall further attacks.
The incident came two months after terrorists invaded a village in nearby Sakaba local government of the state, killing nine police officers in a firefight.
The terrorists, known locally as bandits, have intensified attacks on rural communities, perceived to be far from governance in Northwest and North-central regions of the country since the beginning of 2020.
Operating from their camps in Rugu forest which straddles Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger states, the terrorists raid villages, abducting and maiming residents at will.
The terrorists have also recently targeted schools, kidnapping hundreds of students for ransom.
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