Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers killed 27 people and left eight others injured in a suspected reprisal attack on the town of Dangulbi, Dansadau Emirate in Nigeria's northern Zamfara State on Monday, the local media reported Tuesday.
The gunmen were believed to be on a revenge mission after some of their members were killed by the police and vigilante groups in the area.
The gunmen, who sneaked into the town on the market day posing as traders, first attacked the police post, killing one officer and injuring others, forcing the security agents to flee.
They then went from house to house killing residents in cold blood and firing their guns sporadically to scare away people. Many of those killed had their throats slit with knives.
After the attack, 18 bodies were left in the town while nine more persons were killed as the gunmen retreated along the routes leading to Biya, Guru and Sabon Kasuwa villages, all in the district, which has been witnessing killings by unknown gunmen.
About 160 people, including five policemen, have been killed in Lingyado, Dansadau, and Tungar Baushe since the attack and counter-attacks started in 2011.
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