The death toll from raids by suspected cattle rustlers in Sokoto has risen to 32.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) revealed this on Thursday.
“The fatalities have increased to 32, with the recovery of six more bodies by rescue teams,” NEMA coordinator for Sokoto Suleiman Kadir told AFP.
The Advocate reports that bandits on motorcycles attacked several villages on both sides of the border between Sokoto and Zamfara states on Monday and Tuesday, shooting residents, burning homes and stealing cows.
Kadir said there were now some 2,000 people made homeless by the violence — double the number reported on Wednesday. Two women were also kidnapped during the raids.
According to the Police, five villages were razed in the attacks — two in the Rabah district of Sokoto and three in Zamfara, where kidnapping and cattle rustling gangs are known to operate.