‘Bandits’ Kill Seven in Northern Nigeria: Police

 In Land, Nigeria, Africa, Forces & Capabilities, MINT, N11

Gunmen have killed two police­men and five farm­ers in two sep­a­rate attacks in north­ern Nigeria, police said.

Armed gangs, called ban­dits by locals, reg­u­lar­ly raid vil­lages in cen­tral and north­west­ern Nigeria, killing and kid­nap­ping people as well as loot­ing and burn­ing homes.

A gang of around 100 gunmen dressed in army cam­ou­flage stormed a police sta­tion in the town of Gidan Madi in Sokoto state on Thursday, killing two offi­cers and injur­ing anoth­er, police spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said.

Residents in Gidan Madi told AFP that the attack­ers carted away weapons from the police sta­tion before with­draw­ing into the bush.

Gunmen are believed to hide in the nearby Rugu forest that stretch­es across Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger states.

Their attacks are gen­er­al­ly moti­vat­ed by money, but secu­ri­ty experts have warned that the region’s jihadist groups have attempt­ed to infil­trate their ranks.

Later on Thursday, a group of sus­pect­ed cattle thieves launched an attack on the farm­ing vil­lage of Yanteba in Katsina state, killing five farm­ers, state police spokesman Gambo Isah said.

The attack was an appar­ent reprisal for the killing of three gang mem­bers two days ear­li­er.

The Defense Post source|articles

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