About 19 people have been killed and six seriously injured following an attack on a northern Nigerian village by a group of around 150 gunmen armed with guns and machetes suspected to belong to a gang of robbers, police said Sunday.
The attack took place on Saturday in Lingyado, in the state of Zamfara, which sits at the base of the Sahel where Africa’s most populous nation borders Niger.
State police commissioner, Tambari Yabo, said, “We have confirmed the death of 19 people in an attack on Lingyado village by gunmen believed to be armed robbers out to avenge the extra-judicial killing of their comrades by local vigilante groups.”
The vigilantes had previously attacked suspected armed robbers who have been targeting the area, he said.
“It is the suspected robbers that escaped the vigilante operation that have been behind this attack and similar ones in retaliation,” the commissioner said.
He said a number of houses and vehicles were burnt in the attack and joint military-police teams had been deployed to the area. No arrests had been made.