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Scores Killed In Gruesome Massacre In Zamfara

Heaps of people lay death after their communities were attacked in a circle of violence in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria.

Armed terrorists have killed scores of civilians during attacks in Zamfara State, the nerve centre of the violence in Northwest Nigeria.

HumAngle learnt that the attacks on Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 17 were unleashed after vigilantes targeted some people from the Fulani ethnic group in Nasarawa Burkullu area of Bukkuyum Local Government.

On Monday, a group of about 400 Yan Sakai, a local vigilante, stormed the community and targeted individuals from the Fulani ethnic group that had migrated from their villages to the town,  alleging that the victims were relatives of bandits, a local name for terror gangs with links to Fulani herders.

Yan Sakai was formed in response to the attacks on communities, but they have perpetrated extrajudicial killings and abuses that have fuelled hostilities between Fulani herders and mostly Hausa farming communities.

HumAngle understands that the terror group killed and injured an unspecified number of people believed to be close to 100 in retaliation for the earlier incident.

The attackers were reported to have also displaced residents during the raids in  Maiduma, Babban-Baye, Tungar-Rogo, Gana, Kamaru, Kwali, Bardi, and kurha villages near Nasarawa Burkullu of Bukkuyum and Anka Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.

Violent attacks in recent weeks have led to dozens of deaths and displacements in the state.

On June 11, at least 61 persons were killed after a terror group riding motorcycles raided a community in the Zurmi Local Government  Area of the state.

A few days earlier on June 8, 60 women were reported to have been kidnapped in three villages; Munawa, Malele, and Randa, under Maru Local Government Area.

The violence in Zamfara is a part of the insecurity ravaging the Northwest, and some neighbouring states in North-central Nigeria, particularly Niger State.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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