At least thirteen people died on Wednesday in a new attack by unidentified gunmen in the Nigerian state of Zamfara in the northwest of the African country, where insecurity has increased in recent months.
According to the Nigerian Daily Trust, the attackers broke into the Damaga community and opened fire at random, causing students to flee a local school.
“The students who were in class at the community’s Day Secondary School left class when they saw the armed criminals,” said one resident, who added that the population is still recovering the bodies of those killed in the attack.
In the past few weeks there have been several attacks in Zamfara, in which dozen people have been killed and more than 300 schoolgirls have been kidnapped, although they were later released and returned to their city.
The attacks in Nigeria, which previously focused on the north-east of the country – where Boko Harma and its spin-off, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) – had penetrated other areas in the north and north-west in recent months, set in Away alerts for the possible expansion of these terrorist and criminal networks.