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Dozens of shooters came on motorbikes, looted a village, and killed more than 50 people in the recent violence reported in northwest Nigeria on January 16; according to residents, the gangs have been continuously terrorizing the areas and are forcing people to leave the place and also achieving international stardom through mass kidnappings at schools for ransom.

According to one of the Local elders “Abdullahi Karman Unashi,” the gunman entered the Dankade village in Kebabi state on January 15 at midnight. He exchanged gunfire with soldiers and police officers.

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He added security forces were forced to exit, leaving the attackers to burn shops and grain silos and take cattle into the early hours of January 15.

As per Karman, “They killed two soldiers and one of police officer along with 50 other villagers.” They kidnapped the community leader of Dankade village and abducted several of town’s women and children.”

It came a week after an armed man himself killed 200 people from one state of Zamfara.

According to Didzi Umar Bunu, the son of an abducted community leader, the gunmen had returned early on January 16. Then he burned more houses in the village.

He added that they have not called or made any demand. However, the village of Dankade has been littered with dead bodies all around.

Nafiu Abubakar, one of the police spokesperson for Kebabi, did not respond to his calls and messages.

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Kebabi is a state which shares the border with Zamfara, where the government in September started a military offensive and charged a telecom blackout to alleviate the condition of gangs it calls terrorists.

According to President Muhammadu Buhari, the military started its major military operation in Niger state, next to Kebabi, to clear robbers and Boko Haram insurgents running from the authorities offensive.

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