A total of 36 people were Wednesday killed in attacks on two Northern Nigeria states, barely a day after fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades, officials said.
The series of attacks by armed bandits occurred over the past 48 hours with 18 people killed each in villages of Kaduna and Katsina states and several others injured. The assailants burnt down houses, displacing the villagers.
Hundreds of people have been killed in northern Nigeria by criminal gangs carrying out robberies and kidnappings.
In a statement quoted by the Daily Post website, the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs Samuel Aruwan said the attacks in that state followed an air operation by security forces in which “several armed bandits” were killed.
Just last week, unidentified gunmen killed a student in an attack on a boarding school in Nigeria’s north-central Niger state and kidnapped 42 people, including 27 students.
(With input from agencies)