Bandits, hunter fight claims 18 in Nigeria



from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AT least 18 people have been killed in a clash involving bandits and hunters in northwestern Nigeria.

The bloody incident occurred at a village in the Zamfara State where police reported the hunters intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some suspected stolen cattle and sheep.

The herder reportedly abandoned the animals and escaped into the bush but unknown to the hunters, the alleged cattle rustler went to mobilise bandits to attack the hunters.

Mohammed Shehu, the Zamfara police spokesperson, said the bandits ambushed the hunters in the bush leading to fatalities from both sides.

He said the police, military and other security agencies who reacted by combing the bush and its environs to salvage the situation discovered 18 death bodies. It is thus feared the death toll might be double.

It is believed that the bandits took away their colleagues that were killed.

Shehu said bush combing was in progress so as to further profile the area.

Police and the military have deployed personnel to curb a recurrence.

“We are investigating the matter to arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” Shehu said.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with over 190 million people, is enduring violent crime, including the terror by the Boko Haram group and kidnap gangs.
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