Gunmen abduct at least 75 people from village in northwest Nigeria

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Residents reported the incident, in the village north of the village of Rini, the latest in a series of kidnappings that plagued the West African country.

The wave of kidnappings, many of which target schoolgirls, is mainly carried out by armed terrorist groups Takfiri.

Residents have expressed their anger at the failure of the government and security forces to stop the wave of kidnappings in the north of the country.

According to Aliyu Tungar-Rini, a resident of the Zamfara State community in northwest Nigeria, “the number of people abducted from (the village of) Rini must be over seventy-five.”

Habu Abubakar, also a resident of Rini village, said more than 80 people were kidnapped by the gunmen. He says they came dressed in black on more than 50 motorcycles.

Meanwhile, the death toll from an attack by Nigerian security forces on a peaceful procession marking Ashura has risen to three. At least a dozen others were also injured in Sokoto State.

Analysts criticized the government for deploying security forces in a peaceful procession instead of tackling the wave of kidnappings by terrorist groups.

Nigerian security forces have repeatedly used lethal force against peaceful processions, sparking outrage from human rights organizations.


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