Gunmen kill 24 people in northern Nigeria
KANO – Gunmen raided two villages in northwest Nigeria killing 24 people, police and residents said Thursday, in the latest attacks by gangs of criminals. Northwest and central Nigeria have for years been plagued by heavily-armed gangs called bandits who raid villages, kidnap residents and loot and burn homes. Military operations are ongoing in the region, with the army saying last week it had “neutralised” nearly 300 bandits, but attacks have continued. On Tuesday, motorcycle-riding bandits stormed two villages in Katsina and nearby Zamfara in separate attacks, killing residents and burning homes, according to the police and residents.