Around 20 people were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday in the Nigerian state of Zamfara, located in the northwest of the African country and the scene of a spike in insecurity in recent months.
According to information collected by the Nigerian newspaper ‘The Premium Times’, at least 19 people were killed in the attack on the village of Kuryar Madaro, one of the areas of the state most affected by the operations of armed criminal gangs.
“We have buried 19 people killed by bandits. Many others have different types of injuries and have been hospitalized,” said a local resident, adding that among the fatalities “there are children and women who could not escape during the attack.” .
The incident has been confirmed by Zamfara Police spokesman Mohammed Shehu, who has not provided further details. Sources cited by ‘The Premium Times’ have indicated that the attackers also set fire to thirteen homes and 16 vehicles, including several belonging to the Police.
The attacks in Nigeria, previously focused on the northeast of the country – where Boko Haram and its spin.off, Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) – operate in recent months to other areas in the north and northwest, making set off alarms for the possible expansion of these terrorist and criminal networks.