At least 41 dead in Nigeria after clash between gunmen and vigilante group

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde) (Afolabi Sotunde/)

At least 41 people died in a clash between armed men and a group of vigilantes in the northern Nigerian state of Katsina, where President Muhammadu Buhari resides, a police spokesman said on Friday.

Insecurity has become widespread and has become one of the main concerns of voters before the elections on February 25 to choose new members of parliament and a successor to Buhari.

Katsina State Police spokesman Gambo Isah said that an armed gang attacked a village in the Bakori Local Government Area in Katsina, he stole cattle and sheep and fled into the bush.

Isah explained that a local vigilante group mobilized and chased the armed men, which led to the confrontation on Thursday.

Two security sources encrypted in fifty the number of deaths and indicated that the bodies were not recovered until Friday in the bush and that the wounded were taken to a hospital.

Katsina is one of the northern states hardest hit by armed gangs, who attack and kidnap people in villages and on roads in remote areas of the region, where the security forces cannot cope.

(With information from Reuters)

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