Nigeria: Deputy Governor escapes death in Kebbi State

Nigeria: Deputy Governor escapes death in Kebbi State

Gunmen shot dead several members of the security forces in Kebbi State, northwest Nigeria, a day after dozens of local vigilante volunteers were killed in the same area, media reported local.

The deputy governor of Kebbi State, Samaila Yombe Dabai, was in Kanya village at the time of the latest attack on Tuesday.

He confirmed there had been casualties but gave no details.

AFP news agency is reporting that at least 19 members of the security forces were killed, including 13 soldiers.

Many states in northwestern Nigeria have groups of volunteers who help defend villages and towns against armed gangs.

This is due to the occupation of security forces to fight Islamist militants and gangs, known as bandits.

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