At least 10 people have been killed by suspected armed bandits in fresh attacks in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria.
Residents say two villages were invaded in Birnin Magaji local government area. This comes barely two weeks after 26 people were killed in a similar raid in another part of the state.
The suspected bandits invaded the villages at night when some residents had gone to bed.
They started firing indiscriminately, rousing many villagers from sleep and causing a huge commotion.
Some residents were cut down by a hail of bullets. Police in Zamfara confirmed seven people were killed in Dutsen-Wake and three in Oho village.
Raids on villages in Zamfara by suspected bandits have increased in recent weeks – heightening security concerns among residents.
Authorities say they have deployed heavy security in the area to carry out bush combing and patrol the area to avoid a further loss of lives.