Armed men kill more than 200 people in northern Nigeria

Unidentified armed men killed more than 200 people after invading this week several locations of the State of Zamfara, in Northwest Nigeria, reported civil soci

Armed men kill more than 200 people in northern Nigeria

Unidentified armed men killed more than 200 people after invading this week several locations of the State of Zamfara, in Northwest Nigeria, reported civil society leaders.

"So far we have buried about 200 people (...), we are still looking for more corpses, which are divided into several areas, so we have sent tracking groups to all the affected locations," said Shawwal Aliyu, Zamfara coordinator Cirle, an organization of civil society, according to local media.

"We are waiting for the volunteers to finish their meetings to confirm the number (of the dead)," Aliyu added.

According to the volunteers, the assailants - commonly known in Nigeria as "bandits" - began their attacks on Tuesday, and extended until Thursday.

The bandits mutilated many of the corpses and burned down dozens of houses in at least nine locations, causing the displacement of some 10,000 people.

The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, condemned the killings "against innocent people" and described them as "an act of despair on the part of the murderers, now under the relentless pressure of our military forces."

"The criminals will be history because we are not going to withdraw our military operations," Buhari added in a statement issued at last time on Saturday.

The governor of the State of Zamfara, Bello Mataawalle, moved to the places where the incidents occurred and the presence of the security forces has been reinforced.

According to Mataawalle, state authorities are gathered with the Nigerian security forces to redesign their military operations in the area, and next Monday they will announce all decisions taken.

Several states of the Center and Northwest Nigeria suffer from incessant mortal attacks by bandits and a wave of mass kidnappings with the aim of obtaining lucrative rescues.

These attacks have continued despite the repeated promises of the president of Nigeria to end that problem and the deployment of more security forces in the area.

To that insecurity in northwestern Nigeria joined the produid since 2019 in the northeast by the Yihadist Boko Haram group and its scoundned group, the Islamic State in the province of West Africa (ISWAP, for its acronym).

Both radical groups have killed more than 35,000 people and have caused some 2.7 million internally displaced persons, especially in Nigeria, but also in neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Updated Date: 09 January 2022, 12:39

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