Armed attackers known arsenic bandits person killed 18 radical successful a raid connected a colony successful northwest Nigeria's Katsina state, constabulary told AFP Wednesday.
State constabulary spokesperson Gambo Isah said that a ample radical of assailants arrived successful the colony of Tsauwa connected motorbikes precocious Monday, gunning down villagers and looting homes earlier burning them.
"The bandits killed 18 radical successful the raid and near 1 injured, portion different nonmigratory went missing," Isah said, adding that they "burned homes and took distant an unspecified fig of cattle".
Isah suggested that the onslaught mightiness person been "punishment" for the villagers' refusal to cooperate with equipped groups successful the portion and determined absorption against erstwhile raids.
Dubbed bandits by the authorities, transgression groups person agelong terrorised northwestern and cardinal Nigeria, raiding villages, stealing cattle, and abducting radical travelling on the regions' roads for ransom.
Many are based successful camps successful the Rugu forest, which straddles Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger states.
More recently, transgression gangs person attacked schools and universities, kidnapping pupils and students en masse for ransoms stretching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars per group.
On Monday much than 100 students were kidnapped from a precocious schoolhouse successful neighbouring Kaduna state, with the hostage-takers connected Wednesday demanding nutrient for their captives arsenic they await a ransom payout.