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At least 1,165 killed, 113 abducted in Northwest Nigeria in eight months – Report

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Not less than 1,165 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in the Northwestern region of Nigeria between January and August 2020.

A report by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Nigeria Mourns listed the casualty figure for each of the seven states as Kaduna – 468, Katsina – 376, Zamfara – 204, Sokoto – 96, Kano – 10, Jigawa – 10 and Kebbi – 1.

The report states that 1,068 persons were killed by suspected armed bandits, five by Boko Haram/ISWAP, 73 by armed herdsmen, six died in isolated attacks and 13 from extrajudicial killings.

Newspaper reports, police and family sources were used to gather its findings, Premium Times Reported.

The report also listed the monthly abductions in the region, January – 11, February – 21, March 18, April – 8, May – 7, June – 14, July – 14 and August – 10.

But Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said “We have to address emergent cases of insecurity and insurgency in the country with innovative approaches such as “Operation Safe Corridor,” which de-radicalize, rehabilitate, and reintegrate willingly surrendered Boko Haram members into the larger society,”

 “Our security operations in the Niger Delta, North Central and North Western States are yielding desired results. We hope to get rid of bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in these regions”, he added.

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