About 200 dead in attacks in northwest Nigeria, residents say

About 200 dead in attacks in northwest Nigeria, residents say


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – An estimated 200 people or more have been killed in villages in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara during deadly reprisal attacks by armed bandits following military air strikes on their hideouts this week, residents said on Saturday.

Residents gained access to the villages on Saturday after the military captured the communities to organize mass burials, they told Reuters. The state government said 58 people had been killed during the attacks.

Ummaru Makeri, a resident who lost his wife and three children during the attack, said around 154 people had been buried including several vigilantes who were killed. Residents said the total death toll was at least 200.

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Reuters reported on Friday that at least 30 people had been killed in the

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