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World: attacks in Nigeria: more than 200 people killed in the northwester

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A U Less 200 people have been killed during several attacks this week by armed men in the state of Zamfara, in the North-west of Nigeria , said Sunday at the AFP a government official.

The Northwest and the center of Nigeria have been the theater for several years of the activities of "bandits", which attack, loot and remove the inhabitants, of which they steal the cattle and burn the houses.

"It's horrible and tragic. More than 200 people have been buried (...) because of the bandits invasion," said Sadiya Umar Farouq spokesperson, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs.

"We are also worried about displaced people who flee by hundreds their communities," said the minister in a statement released Saturday night.

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"More than 10,000 victims have also found themselves home after their homes have been shaved by the bandits while dozens (other people) are always missing," he added.

Saturday, four inhabitants told AFP that at least 140 people were killed by armed men, designated locally under the term "bandits".

Hundreds of armed men arrived in motorcycle launched attacks in ten villages in the districts of Anka and Bukkuyum from Wednesday to Thursday, pulling on the inhabitants, looting and at the houses, indicated these inhabitants.

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"murderers of mass"

President Nigerian Muhammadu Buhari SATURDAY condemned these attacks perpetrated according to him by "murderers of mass" which terrorize the populations of the rural northwester of Nigeria.

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"let me reassure these besieged communities and other Nigerians, this government will not abandon them to their fate because we are more than ever determined to get rid of these out-of-law," he added

Wednesday The Government officially described the "bandits" operating in Nigeria of "terrorists", in order to tighten the penalties against the authors of attacks, their informants and their supporters.

In the Official Journal, the activities of "Yan Bindiga" and "Yan Ta'adda" - terms meaning bandits in local language hausa - have been classified as "acts of terrorism".

"We have qualified them with terrorists (...) We will treat them as such," President Buhari on Nigerian television this week

the Nigerian armed forces said this week have killed 537 "armies armed and other elements Criminals "and arresting 374 others in the Northwest since May 2020, while 452" caught civilians have been rescued ".

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Multiple Fronts

President Buhari, former Army General, aged 79, sentence to stop widespread insecurity in the country.

In addition to the fight against banditry, the Nigerian army is deployed on multiple fronts, particularly in the north-east with a jihadist insurrection for more than ten years and in the southeast agitated by separatist movements.

Since the end of the year 2020, criminal gangs have also begun to target schools, removing more than 1,400 students and provoking international indignation. Most could be released since but hundreds remain in the hands of their captors.

According to Kabir Adamu, the Beacon Consulting Nigeria Security Analysis Cabinet, based in Abuja, this week's attacks could be an answer to recent military operations aimed at dislodging them from their fieves in the state of Zamfara.

"Most of them (bandits), to take revenge, and maybe because they risked a certain death, decided to move to other areas and it is in this context that they seem to lead these attacks, "said Adamu to AFP.

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