Authorities in the north-western Nigerian state of Kaduna say gunmen have shot dead at least eight people and injured a number of others in a series of attacks on villages.
Kaduna state commissioner for internal security, Samuel Aruwan, said in one of the attacks on Tuesday, the armed men blocked a major road near Kadanye village – opening fire on a bus and a truck carrying firewood, killing five people.
Some reports indicate that several people were also abducted during the attack.
In a statement, the commissioner said the other killings happened in the villages of Akilbu and Inlowo in Kachia area where 180 heads of cattle were also stolen by the gunmen in a herders’ settlement.
Nigeria is grappling with a wave of security challenges including widespread kidnapping for ransom by armed gangs, the Boko Haram insurgency and a renewed agitation by Biafra separatists in the south-east of the country where security officers and their facilities are increasingly targeted.
On Monday, heavily armed men broke into a major prison, detonating explosive devices and freeing more than 1,800 inmates in the city of Owerri.
The prisoners are still at large.