Death toll climbs to 32 from raids by suspected cattle thieves

– The death toll risen from 26 to 32, after raids by suspected cattle thieves in northwest Nigeria has

– NEMA coordinator for Sokoto, Suleiman Kadir said 2,000 people were made homeless by the violence

– Bandits had attacked several villages on both sides of the border between Sokoto and Zamfara states

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday, July 12, said the death toll from raids by suspected cattle thieves in northwest Nigeria has risen from 26 to 32, Vanguard reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that NEMA coordinator for Sokoto, Suleiman Kadir told AFP said: “The fatalities have increased to 32, with the recovery of six more bodies by rescue teams.”

It was earlier reported that Bandits on motorcycles on Monday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 10, attacked several villages on both sides of the border between Sokoto and Zamfara states shooting residents, burning homes and stealing cows.

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The NEMA coordinator said 2,000 people were made homeless by the violence as double the number reported on Wednesday, July 11. Two women were also kidnapped during the raids.

In the attacks five villages were razed. The police said two in the Rabah district of Sokoto and three in Zamfara, where kidnapping and cattle rustling gangs are known to operate.

In another report six people were killed in violent clashes between ethnic Fulani herdsmen and Bachama farmers in Adamawa state.

The unrest happened late on Monday in the neighbouring Demsa and Numan communities, which have seen repeated killings and reprisals in recent months.

Othman Abubakar, Adamawa police spokesman said: “The dead included two herdsmen and four farmers.”

NAIJ.com previously reported that suspected armed bandits killed at least 20 people in attacks on Kabaro and Danmani villages in Maru local government area of Zamfara state.

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About 26 people were killed in similar attacks on Kuru-Kuru and Jarkuka villages by suspected armed bandits in Anka local government area of the state.

The attack on Kabaro, a village located 24 km west of Dansadau town came six years after at least 18 people were shot dead by armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the same community.

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Source: Naija.ng