nigeria: Gunmen kill 34 people in northwest Nigeria

ABUJA: Gunmen attacked a village in Nigeriain the northwestern state of Kaduna, killing 34 people and wounding seven others, local authorities said Monday.
Criminal gangs, known locally as bandits, have terrorized northwestern and central Nigeria for years, but have grown more brazen in recent months and the military has renewed operations in the region.
“Unidentified Gunmen Attacked Madamai village in Kaura … 34 residents have been confirmed dead after the attack. Seven others were injured, “said state security commissioner Samuel Aruwan it said in a statement, adding later that the attack took place Sunday night.
The troops came under fire before forcing the assailants to retreat after an intense exchange, he added.
Aruwan said two suspects were being questioned in connection with the attack.
Also on Sunday, gunmen attacked a church in the Kachia district of Kaduna state.
“A life was lost and some worshipers were seriously injured,” Aruwan said in a separate statement.
The bandits who raid villages, steal cattle, kidnap for ransom and burn houses have no known ideology.
The military began a campaign against the bandits earlier this month and northern states have imposed restrictions on movement and trade, as well as a telecommunications blackout to try to stop them.

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