The Nigerian military and local self-defense groups are conducting operations in a notorious forest harbouring terrorists in Nigeria’s Northwest Zamfara State.
Terror gangs on motorcycles and armed with AK type rifles and machine guns move from their enclaves to terrorise communities and commuters in the Northwest and neighbouring Niger state in the Northcentral.
HumAngle learnt the military and vigilantes have been involved in days-long operation in a forest that connects Zurmi and Shinkafi local government with Niger Republic.
The military targeted several terrorists known locally as ‘bandits’, according to a senior member of a vigilante group from Kadamatsa, a deserted area of Zurmi. Another ‘Yan Sakai, a local name for vigilantes, also confirmed the operations.
The violence and frequent raids on vulnerable communities contributed to the formation of self-defense groups that have also been linked with fueling the crisis.
The military operation was further confirmed by two residents of the area who called for continuity of the operations.
Over the past few years, the military has conducted several air and ground operations against positions of terror groups in response to the deterioration of security.
Recently, In Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, and Katsina states, authorities shut down telecommunications as part of measures to support security operations.
More than 140,000 displaced persons were recorded in the September report from the International Organisation for Migration, Displacement Tracking Matrix programme for Northwest and North-central, with Anka Local government area of Zamfara state recording the highest number of IDPs, followed by Maru and Talata Mafara.
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