Armed bandits attacked a village in northern Nigeria

“There was violence between the militias, who are very powerful, and bandits,” said Kaduna’s state police chief, Austin Iwar.

The 45 bodies were found scattered in the bush. The bandits pursued residents who mobilized to defend the village after overpowering them. They burnt down many homes.

Thirteen people were killed last week in Zamfara in fighting between cattle thieves and local civilian militia. Cattle rustlers and kidnapping gangs have long plagued rural herding communities in the state with killings, robberies, and arson.

Nigeria’s security forces are stretched thin as the country tackles Boko Haram jihadists in the north and pirates in the south.

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