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Nigerian Robbers Kill 18 People in Northern Zamfara State

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Armed robbers killed at least 18 people in a raid on a village in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Zamfara, a government spokesman said.

The incident took place late yesterday in Kabaru village, Sani Abdullahi Tsafe, a spokesman for the state governor in the capital, Gusau, said today by phone. The gunmen aren’t suspected to be linked to the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, he said.

The robbers, who are believed to also operate in the northern states Katsina and Kaduna, killed more than 50 people this year in attacks in Zamfara, Tsafe said.

“The robbers came on Monday night and started shooting, going into houses and demanding money, and if you refuse or run away they simply open fire and shoot you,” Sani Sahabi, a Kabaru village resident, said in a telephone interview.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ardo Hazzad in Bauchi at ahazzad@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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