Gunmen operating on motorbikes kill dozens in northern Nigeria State
No fewer than 63 people were killed on Sunday night by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Zuru area of Kebbi State.
This was disclosed by a village head in Takita, Umaru Garba, in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The village head told BBC that those killed during the attack were members of vigilante groups that rose up to chase the gunmen out of the community.
He said: “The incident is one of the deadliest involving local vigilante groups set up by communities to deal with armed gangs in the northern region of the country.”
It was gathered that during the attack, the gunmen stole cattle and kidnapped a number of persons, whom the vigilante were trying to rescue before meeting their untimely death.
A leader of one of the vigilante groups who pleaded anonymity said all the 63 victims of the attack were buried on Monday, adding that an unknown number of gunmen were also killed during the clashes.
When contacted, the Nigerian police spokesperson for Kebbi state, Nafiu Abubakar, told the BBC that the gunmen, locally known as bandits, were fleeing military operations in neighbouring Niger state.
He said they were still gathering details on the exact number of victims.