Suspected cattle thieves 'kill 26' in NW Nigeria raid Jul 12, 2018 0 44 12345 AFPKANOTWENTY-SIX people were killed in two days of violence blamed on cattle thieves in northern Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday.Bandits on motorcycles attacked several villages on both sides of the border between Sokoto and Zamfara states on Monday and Tuesday, shooting residents, burning homes and stealing cows."At the moment, 26 dead bodies have been recovered from the attacks,"NEMA spokesman Suleiman Kadir told AFP."The toll may rise with the latest attack from yesterday (Tuesday)."Two of the affected villages were in the Rabah district of Sokoto, he said, adding that more than 1,000 people had been made homeless and travelled to the town of Gandi.Kidnapping and cattle rustling gangs operate just over the state border, he added. The violence was"not unconnected", he said.Sokoto state police spokeswoman Cordelia Nwawe said:"Three communities in Zamfara and two villages close to Rabah were completely burnt."Full details were"sketchy", she added.Farming and herding communities in Zamfara have for years been terrorised by cattle thieves and kidnappers who raid villages, steal cows, abduct residents for ransom and burn homes.The attacks have prompted villages to form local militia for protection however they, too, are accused of carrying out extra-judicial killings of suspected bandits. But that in turn leads to reprisals.In April, troops were deployed to Zamfara to fight the gangs while the police outlawed the civilian militia in an attempt to stop the tit-for-tat killings. It was not immediately clear whether the latest attacks were connected with the face-off between the bandits and vigilantes.Last week the police recovered the bodies of 41 suspected bandits with their throats slit in a forest and nearby river in the Zurmi area of Zamfara. Police arrested 15 militia members in connection with the killings. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Thai cave boys were sedated before dramatic rescue Jul 12, 2018 0 68 Japan PM meets evacuees in flood disaster zone; toll hits 179 Jul 12, 2018 0 451 Financier linked to 1MDB scandal 'flees to China' Jul 12, 2018 0 40 'Clear evidence of need' in N Korea: UN aid chief SEOUL The United Nations'humanitarian chief said on Wednesday he had seen"clear evidence"of need in North Korea -- where one fifth of children are malnourished -- during a rare trip. Mark Lowcock's visit to the .. Japanese nurse may have killed 20 patients: media TOKYO A former nurse who allegedly killed as many as 20 elderly patients by injecting their intravenous drips with chemicals is in police custody, Japanese media said. The suspect reportedly said she wanted to control .. Ashes of Japan cult guru to be scattered at sea TOKYO The cremated remains of the executed guru of the Japanese doomsday cult behind a deadly 1995 sarin gas attack will be scattered at sea to avoid creating a pilgrimage site for his followers, media reported on .. UN to take up South Sudan arms ban AFP NEW YORK THE UN Security Council is expected to vote this week on imposing an arms embargo against South Sudan, a US proposal which follows a power-sharing agreement between warring leaders. The United States is South .. Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens TAIPEI Schools and offices were closed in parts of Taiwan on Wednesday as Typhoon Maria skirted the island bringing torrential rain and powerful winds. Officials had warned of floods and landslides, evacuating .. VP to Duterte: Mind economy instead of insulting God, me Agencies/Inquirer MANILA PHILIPPINE Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday shot back at President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that she could not lead the Philippines because she is incompetent, saying the chief .. Zimbabwe opposition takes to streets in vote-rigging warning AFP HARARE THOUSANDS of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare on Wednesday demanding fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30 vote. The .. Seoul bars Korean Air dynasty's academic flight AFP SEOUL KOREAN Air's chairman was disqualified from heading an academic foundation by the government on Wednesday and his son stripped of his degree in the latest woes to assail the dynasty. Cho Yang-ho's wife .. Zimbabwe launches space agency HARARE Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday launched a space agency, hailing it as a"milestone"as he campaigns ahead of elections at the end of the month. Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency ..