Bandits kill at least 20 in northwest Nigeria’s Katsina state

Bandits in picture. At least 20 people were killed in Nigeria's Sokoto state when gunmen attacked a market and torched cars. GETTYIMAGES
An aerial view shows destroyed and burned houses after a recent Fulani attack in the Adara farmers’ village of Angwan Aku, Kaduna State, Nigeria on April 14, 2019. (Photo by Florian PLAUCHEUR / AFP)

Gunmen killed at least 20 people in attacks in the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina, police and residents said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the last year by criminal gangs carrying out robberies and kidnappings in northwest Nigeria. In May, the United Nations said the violence had forced about 23,000 refugees to cross the border to the north into Niger.

Around 200 attackers traveled on motorcycles to the village of Kadisau, in Katsina, on Tuesday, a police spokesman said, adding that 20 people were killed after the attackers opened fire on locals who tried to resist their attempts to loot the village.

Three locals told Reuters that 30 people were buried following the attack.

Such attacks have added to security challenges in Africa’s most populous country, which is already struggling to contain Islamist insurgencies in the northeast and communal violence over grazing rights in central states.

In a separate flashpoint on Tuesday, suspected Islamist gunmen killed at least 69 people and razed a village to the ground in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.