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Terror Group Suffers Casualties After Attacking Northwest Nigeria Community

Insecurity and violence perpetrated by gangs moving on motorcycles in northwestern Nigeria and neighbouring Niger state have led to the displacement of communities.

A terror group in Northwest Nigeria has suffered casualties after running into an ambush set up by armed members of a community in Zamfara. 

HumAngle has learned that the incident, which happened in Kaura Namoda area of the Zamfara State on Tuesday afternoon, led to the killing of seven attackers and left several others injured.

Armed persons from Nahaci community were reported to have mounted an ambush while the terror group was moving after carrying out an attack and rustling cattle in the nearby community of Magami Tandu in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area (LGA). 

The security situation in Gabaken Mesa, Gabaken Dan Maliki, Nahaci, and Magamin Tandu communities of Kaura Namoda is described as tense, with locals expressing fears of possible attacks. Some have already fled to the headquarters of Kaura Namoda and Gusau, the state capital.

On Tuesday, HumAngle disclosed that a vigilante group killed Ali Dan Hizge, a ranking member of a terror gang responsible for terrorising the Kaura Namoda area. 

Dan Hizge, the second in command to the terror kingpin, Dan Sadiyya, was intercepted a day earlier in Korumuni, about 12 km from the town of Kaura Namoda.

In May, Angry youths staged a violent protest and occupied the Gusau – Kaura Namoda Highway over the incessant attacks by terror groups known locally as bandits. 

A report published in October by HumAngle spotlighted the impact of the prolonged violence on families and communities in Zamfara state including the humanitarian crisis. 

Data from the IOM, Displacement Tracking Matrix programme for displacement in the Northwest and North-central revealed that in Zamfara, more than 140,000 displaced persons were recorded in September. 

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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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