10 farmers killed in attack in northern Nigeria: police

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KANO, Nigeria, April 1, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Armed men suspected of belonging
to gangs involved in cattle rustling and kidnapping in northern Nigeria,
attacked a village in Zamfara state leaving 10 people dead, a police
spokesman said on Sunday.

Gunmen on motorcycles invaded onion fields on Saturday outside the village
of Kware in the Shinkafi district and shot dead farmers at work, Mohammed
Shehu said.

“We received a report of an attack in Kware by bandits in which 10 people
were killed,” Shehu said.

“Security personnel were dispatched to the area to restore order,” the
spokesman said.

He did not give details of the reason for the attack, but residents said it
could be in reprisal for a recent military operation against the bandits in
the area.

Last week troops deployed in the state to fight the criminal gangs raided
two of their training camps in north and northwest Nigeria.

“We believe they attacked to avenge the killings of their comrades by
soldiers who destroyed two camps belonging the bandits,” said Kware resident
Hashimu Abu.

The region has been repeatedly attacked by armed groups in recent months.

In early March 30 people were killed in a reprisal attack following a
military raid on the bandits.

Farming and herding communities in Zamfara state have long been terrorised
by gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle and kidnapping residents for
ransom.

President Muhammadu Buhari, while recently re-elected, has nevertheless
been criticised for failing to protect people and property in the region.

In July last year Amnesty International said Zamfara state was “at the
mercy” of armed criminal gangs, “who have killed hundreds of people over the
last two years.”

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