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Gunmen kill at least 140 in NW Nigeria

KANO, NIGERIA (AFP) – Gunmen known locally as “bandits” killed at least 140 people in multiple raids this week in northwest Nigeria, four residents told AFP yesterday, but there was no official confirmation.

Northwest and central Nigeria have been plagued by criminal gangs for years but violence has become more widespread now. On Wednesday, the Nigerian government officially labelled bandits as terrorists.

“We buried a total of 143 people killed by the bandits in the attacks,” said one of the four sources, Balarabe Alhaji, a community leader in one of the affected villages in Zamfara state.

Hundreds of motorcycle-riding gunmen rampaged through ten villages in Anka and Bukkuyum districts on Wednesday through Thursday, shooting residents, looting and burning homes, locals said.

Officials and security agencies have not yet commented on the attacks.

Babandi Hamidu, a resident of Kurfa Danya village said the militants who rode into the villages were shooting “anyone on sight”.

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