Hundreds reported killed as bandits target villages in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari said the attacks were "act of desperation" by the militants after military air strikes targeted their hideouts

© APA | President Muhammadu Buhari said the attacks were "act of desperation" by the militants after military air strikes targeted their hideouts

# 09 January 2022 11:19 (UTC +04:00)

At least 200 people in Nigeria's northwestern Zamfara state have been killed in a wave of vicious attacks by armed militants, residents say, APA reports citing BBC.

The attacks are believed to be in response to military air strikes that killed more than 100 fighters on Monday and forced others from forest hideouts.

Gunmen burnt homes and mutilated the bodies of their victims in the assault.

A resident of one of the villages told the Reuters news agency the militants were shooting "anyone on sight".

The attacks are the latest in a wave of violent attacks in northwest Nigeria, where the central government has long been at war with a number of local criminal groups it has described as bandits.

On Friday it was initially reported that more than 100 people had been killed by suspected "bandit" militants in the region, after some 300 gunmen on motorbikes arrived in as many as nine communities between Tuesday and Thursday night.

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