Armed men were on the rampage on Sunday, killing 24 people in separate attacks on communities in Katsina and Kaduna states.

Iran Press/Africa: The attacks occurred on Saturday night in Duba community, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, where 12 people died and six injured.

According to Nigerian media, twelve others were killed in reprisal attacks between villagers and herders in Mado, Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.

Batsari, where the Katsina killings occurred, is known as the hot bed of banditry in the Northwest state. It shares boundary with the dreaded Rugu Forest and also one of the 10 frontline Local Government Areas prone to armed banditry.

Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, Isa Gambo, told reporters that bandits numbering over 300 and armed with General Purpose Machine Guns, RPGs, including anti-aircraft guns, attacked the community at about 8.45 pm on Saturday.

He said: “The bandits had, upon their arrival at the Duba community, started shooting sporadically into the air after which they looted a number of shops and rustled some domestic animals belonging to residents’’

As a result of the attack, 12 people were killed while six injured.”

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Boko Haram is believed to be behind it.

The Boko Haram terrorist group took up arms in 2009 with the aim of controlling northern Nigeria and expanded its attacks to Niger, Chad and northern Cameroon, too. 219