KADUNA, 10 February 2021 – Unidentified gunmen have killed at least 21 villagers and injured scores in a series of attacks on Tuesday, according to officials in Kaduna state, northwestern Nigeria.
One of the attackers was killed by the villagers in one of the four villages targeted by the gunmen, officials said.
Nineteen villagers were killed in the initial series of attacks and two injured villagers later died from their gunshot wounds.
No fewer than ten of the victims were killed in one of the remote villages in the Birnin-Gwari area.
Security reports said the attackers aborted other attacks they had planned on more villages after Nigerian soldiers gave chase, forcing the assailants to retreat and flee.
No organization had taken responsibility for the attacks as of Wednesday night, but most observers and Nigerian military officials believe they were Boko Haram militants.