Nigerian Gunmen Kill at Least 23 People in Northwestern Village

At least 23 people were killed by gunmen in the northwest Nigerian village of Kwana in Zamfara state over the weekend, according to a lawmaker representing the area.

One person was also injured in the raid on Feb. 6, Abdul-Malik Zubairu, a member of the House of Representatives, said by phone. Zubairu said the government hasn’t provided adequate security despite other attacks in the state.

“The act of killing innocent civilians is barbaric and government should do something about it,” he said.

While Zamfara isn’t one of the northeastern Nigerian states that has been worst-affected by the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency, it has seen outbreaks of sectarian violence related to land and cattle-grazing rights.

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