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Terrorists Burn Farms, Kill People In Northwest Nigeria

According to eyewitnesses, the terrorists began by torching farms and then shooting sporadically, killing an unspecified number of people and kidnapping many more.

Terrorists operating in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria, have attacked Hayin Dan Miciji, burned down farms, and killed an unspecified number of people in the early hours of Tuesday, Feb. 8, HumAngle can report.

According to Yusuf Ahmad, a resident of the area who escaped the attack, the terrorists started with torching nearby farms surrounding the village and then shooting sporadically. 

“At first, we thought the fire was set by farmers preparing for a new crop, but then we heard gunshots,” Ahmad told HumAngle. 

The terrorists, according to him, kidnapped an unspecified number of people and killed many others. 

He said they were not able to count the bodies as they were deserting the village for their lives and many people were yet to be seen. 

Ahmad said the attackers also rustled animals and destroyed properties. 

Residents who escaped the attack to Gusau were yet to return to the area fearing another attack as of the time of this report.

Insecurity has recently risen in Zamfara state with cases of attacks and kidnappings being reported on a daily basis. 

All of the state’s 14 local governments have been affected by the insecurity including the capital Gusau. Terrorists have also imposed taxes on residents in some villages. 

Thousands of residents have fled their homes in search of safety in some areas in the outskirts of Gusau.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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