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About 200 dead in bandit attacks in Nigeria

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At least 200 people in Nigeria's northwestern Zamfara state have been killed in a wave of vicious attacks by armed militants, residents say.

The attacks are believed to be in response to military airstrikes that killed more than 100 fighters on Monday and forced others from forest hideouts.

Gunmen burnt homes and mutilated the bodies of their victims in the assault.

A resident of one of the villages told the militants were shooting "anyone on sight".

The attacks are the latest in a wave of violent attacks in northwest Nigeria, where the central government has long been at war with a number of local criminal groups it has described as bandits.

On Friday it was initially reported that more than 100 people had been killed by suspected "bandit" militants in the region, after some 300 gunmen on motorbikes arrived in as many as nine communities between Tuesday and Thursday night.

Idi Musa, a resident of another village, told that the attackers also stole "around 2,000 cattle".

Meanwhile, local media has reported that armed groups appear to be abandoning hideouts in forested areas in response to sustained government attacks, instead of moving towards the western part of Zamfara state.

In a statement, Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, pledged that the government would not relent in its battle with the militants.

"Let me reassure these besieged communities and other Nigerians that this government will not abandon them to their fate because we are more than ever determined to get rid of these outlaws," Mr. Buhari said.

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