Nigeria: Ex-cattle Thieves Kill Over 51 Villagers

A gang of former cattle rustlers over the weekend killed at least 51 adults and children in a village in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State, the BBC reported on May 6, 2018. Amongst some of the mutilated rows of dead bodies in Gwaska, Birnin Gwari, were children under the age of 10. Survivors said the attackers surrounded Gwaska in the afternoon of Saturday, May 5, 2018, set homes alight and fired shots, causing people to flee in panic - many instead straight towards the assailants. The victims included members of a self-defence force formed after previous attacks by well-armed cattle thieves. Residents said the attackers used to be cattle thieves, but later turned to banditry in remote villages.

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