Gunmen kill at least 45 people in northwestern Nigerian town

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, July 9 (Reuters) – Activists killed at least 45 people in an attack on the town of Faru in northwest Nigeria, residents and a hospital worker said on Friday.

Such violence is increasingly a part of daily life in the region, with the Nigerian government and security forces showing little ability to stem the deterioration of law and order.

“The gunmen stormed the town of Faru on more than 100 motorcycles, sporadically shooting people around noon yesterday,” said Abubakar Iliyasu, a resident who witnessed the attack.

Another resident, Musa Dan Auta, also said the gunmen killed 45 people, while a local hospital worker who declined to be named for fear of official reprisals said corpses were brought in. .

“Yesterday evening, security forces and local militias brought 29 corpses and 11 others wounded to hospital,” the worker said.

Raids, killings and mass kidnappings for ransom, especially of schoolchildren, have become commonplace in northwest Nigeria.

Widespread violence has raised fears that the region may be wasteland for extremist groups and is using the lack of governance to foment insurgency.

Nigeria is already waging a 12-year battle with Islamist extremists Boko Haram and the West African branch of the Islamic State, a war that hardly looks set to end.

Reporting by Maiduguri Newsroom; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Richard Chang

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