Gunmen Kill Four, Kidnap Several Others In Zamfara State, Nigeria

Armed Gunmen invaded Ruwan Doruwa district in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing four persons and abducting several others.

A local source from Ruwan Doruwa community said the bandits came to the town in the early hours of Friday and started shooting sporadically, forcing many residents to flee for their safety.

It confirmed that bandits killed four persons and embarked on a house-to-house search for abduction.

The attack on Ruwan Doruwa is one of the latest acts of violence by armed bandits operating in the North-West.

The North-West and Central states have for years been troubled by tit-for-tat attacks and community raids between nomadic herders and local farmers who clash over water and land.

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But violence has escalated sharply with the emergence of large criminal gangs who steal cattle, raid and loot villages and kidnap for ransom

The armed forces have launched military raids and airstrikes on bandit camps, but gunmen have kept up attacks and abductions.

Four states across the northwest, including Zamfara, have introduced restrictions including limiting motorbike traffic, restricting fuel sales and also suspending cattle markets and transport.

Armed gangs often arrive on motorbikes during their abduction attacks and also engage in castle rustling.

They operate out of camps hidden in forests in northwest Nigeria, often raiding and abducting in one state and crossing back with their victims into another state.

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This year bandits have turned their sights on schools, seminaries and colleges across the region, herding children and students deep into forest hideouts while they negotiate ransom payments.

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