Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

40 Killed in Armed Bandit Attack in Northwest Nigeria

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

40 Killed in Armed Bandit Attack in Northwest Nigeria

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Bandits attack and kill dozens in Nigerian village

Armed bandits attacked a village in Nigeria's northwest Kaduna state, killing at least 40 people, residents and officials said.

Police Inspector General Ibrahim Idris confirmed the bandits invaded the village of Gwaska on Saturday, fighting local defense forces protecting the Birnin Gwari local government area, a community of about 3,000 people. He said 200 policemen and 10 patrol vehicles were deployed to the scene.

A resident who helped fight the bandits said at least 40 people were killed. He said the attackers were from Zamfara state, and that they shot at children and torched houses as residents fled.

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