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Terror Group On Rampage, Targets Communities, District Head In Northwest Nigeria

Youths in the Shinkafi axis of Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria, have abducted women perceived to be affiliated with the terror group after the group kidnapped residents and displaced communities.

Some angry youths clashed with a terror group in Shinkafi axis of Zamfara State, the epicentre of ongoing violence in Northwestern Nigeria.

The terror group visited mayhem on more than six communities on Friday, July 16, 2021, leading to abduction of over 60 persons and displacement of several others. 

HumAngle had earlier reported that attackers linked to Gudde Turji, the notorious leader of a terror group operating in parts of Zamfara, Sokoto, and Niger republic attacked communities and abducted several people after an initial eviction warning expired on Friday. 

Some of the communities included Badarawa, Maberaya, badarawa, Kware, Kurya, and Shinkafi.

HumAngle learnt that youths in Shinkafi town responded with a reprisal attack against Fulani women, abducting over 10 of them who had brought Nono (milk) for sale in Shinkafi. 

In response, the terror group locally known as bandits regrouped and approached the angry youths to rescue the women.

However, they faced stiff resistance from the youths and were reported to have then fired a ‘rocket’ that hit the house of the District Head of Shinkafi. 

The  insecurity and lawlessness plaguing the Northwest and North-central Nigeria has  resulted in widespread displacement across the regions.

“Violence is rooted in competition over resources between predominantly Fulani herders and mostly Hausa farmers. It has escalated amid a boom in organised crime, including cattle rustling, kidnapping for ransom and village raids. Jihadist groups are now stepping in to take advantage of the security crisis,” says a study by the International Crisis Group.

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