At Birane village in Zamfara State, an estimated 41 people were killed during an attack by an unidentified group of armed men, described as ‘bandits’. The attackers, who reportedly arrived on motorcycles, began first stopped and opened fire on a passenger bus, killing all of the occupants. Next, the attackers opened fire on the village market.
According to local police, the attack was a continuation of violence over the previous day(s), after a group of hunters from the village attacked a herder (who they accused of stealing cattle). A group of herders then purportedly “mobilised” the so-called bandits, who ambushed the hunters, resulting in a fight that led to an unknown number of deaths. Inter-communal violence in the region has been steadily increasing, with residents of villages clashing with semi-nomadic herders. [source]