ABUJA– Nigerian police say they have killed 104 gunmen in the north-western state of Zamfara, near the village of Birnin-Magaji.
Authorities say the incident followed an ambush on a police patrol convoy in a remote area where armed cattle thieves frequently attack villages, carrying out mass killings and abductions as well as stealing livestock.
Hundreds of cattle and sheep were recovered from the gunmen, several of whose camps were destroyed.
Police say one officer was killed in the violence, but some reports suggest the force suffered multiple casualties.
Clashes between farmers and nomadic herders are common in several states in Nigeria. It is a key security challenge that Nigeria’s government is under pressure to resolve ahead of general elections in February.
To that end, government troops, the Nigerian air force and the police have all been deployed recently.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK