July 20, 2019 / 9:11 PM / a month ago

Nigeria president condemns latest killings in northwestern Sokoto state

ABUJA, July 20 (Reuters) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of 37 people by bandits in the northwestern state of Sokoto, his spokesman said in a statement.

Local media said the attacks took place late on Friday, the latest flashpoint in the northwest by armed gangs that have killed hundreds this year. Troops have been deployed to the areas hit in the latest attack, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in the statement. (Reporting by Felix Onuah; additional reporting by Garba Muhammad in Kaduna; writing by Alexis Akwagyiram, editing by G Crosse)

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