By Tamsin Brown • 09 January 2022 • 12:51
Fkturaki, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Hundreds of people have been reportedly killed in a series of vicious attacks on Nigerian villages, and thousands have been forced to leave their homes.
At least 218 civilian residents and militants have died in a series of violent attacks that have been carried out by groups of bandits on communities in the Nigerian state of Zamfara since Wednesday, January 5. The attacks constitute one of the bloodiest waves of violence to have taken place in the country over the last few months, according to the People’s Gazette.
Around 500 bandits armed with advanced weapons arrived on motorcycles and ambushed the communities of Barayar Zaki, Wanu, Rafin Gero, Laho, Lallaho, Kurfar Danya, Dutsin Dan Ajiya, Tungar Geza, Kewaye and Tungar Na More.
After the attacks, the residents recovered more than 200 bodies from the zone, many belonging to local farmers. Around 140 of the victims were militants who were defending the area.
The bandits also caused significant material damage and kidnapped people. They forced thousands of people, including women and children, to abandon their homes and take refuge in the city of Anka.
The attacks are thought to have been ordered by one of the most well-known criminal leaders in the region, the feared Bello Turji, according to one of the survivors.
The final number of victims could rise even further as locals continue to look for bodies.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don’t already have one. Review our
Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.