Armed bandits have killed 11 people in separate attacks in northern Nigeria.
A community leader and residents said disclosed this on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, noting that in the first incident on Monday, six vigilantes were killed when gunmen invaded Kakangi village in the restive Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State.
The Source said the Vigilantes had intercepted the bandits with a large herd of cattle they stole from nearby Niger State; adding that the vigilantes mobilized and engaged the cattle rustlers in a fight to reclaim the cows, but were over-powered.
Another witness revealed that separately on the same day, around 100 motorcycle-riding bandits stormed several villages in neighbouring Zamfara State, shooting and looting homes before setting them ablaze.
Another Resident said the bandits attacked Yar Talata village where they killed four residents and moved to neighbouring Dan-Fili where they shot dead one person.
Farming communities in Zamfara State, as well as Birnin Gwari in nearby Kaduna State, have been repeatedly attacked by criminal gangs who steal cattle and kidnap villagers for ransoms.
It was reported that the gangs usually launch attacks from the vast Rugu forest which straddles Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States, causing most communities to form vigilante groups to fight the bandits.
The reports added that the deployment of troops has even failed to end the activities of the bandits, prompting the authorities to offer amnesty them in exchange for a fragile peace.