More than 140 people reportedly have been killed this week by armed gangs in Nigeria’s Zamfara State, one of the African nation’s most troubled regions.
The attacks this week took place in the Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas of the northwestern Nigerian state.
According to Zamfara state residents who spoke to the media, large numbers of armed men invaded up to nine villages in these areas on Tuesday evening, shooting and torching houses. The violence lasted until Thursday morning.
Survivors who spoke to the Associated Press and local media and obtained by Ebitu Blog say more than 140 people were killed, with many more displaced from their homes.
Zamfara state authorities confirmed the attacks on the villages. The state commissioner of information, Ibrahim Dosara, said authorities are awaiting more details on the attacks.