President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is frantically attempting to stop robbers from carrying out attacks.
An official reports that shooters murdered at least 48 people in raids on three communities in the state of Zamfara in northwest Nigeria. In coordinated operations, dozens of shooters on motorbikes entered the communities and opened fire on anyone who attempted to leave. Aminu Suleiman states that Damri was the most affected, as 32 people, including patients at a hospital, were murdered by shooters. Local government official Ibrahim Suleiman said troops engaged the assailants with gunfire, forcing them to retreat. In recent months, bandit assaults have intensified, displacing more than 700,000 people. President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure to halt bandit violence before his departure from the office next year.