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15 killed in fresh attack in NW Nigeria


At least 15 people have been killed in an attack by gunmen in Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara state, police said on Saturday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

 

Police spokesman Mohamed Shehu said the killings took place in Zakuna village and the victims were members of a local vigilante group which resisted bandits who stole cattle. 

 

"The police team deployed to the village discovered 15 bodies -- majority of whom were Yansakai members," he said, speaking to Anadolu Agency over the phone.

 

Zamfara has witnessed several deadly attacks by armed bandits notorious for stealing cattle and other violent crimes. 

 

The government has established an army post and deployed fresh police contingents in the state.

 

While the attacks have reduced, locals continue to report attacks in remote villages.

 

Some 26 persons were reportedly killed in similar violence in late May in Gidangoga area of the state.

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