Gunmen Kill 11 Cinemagoers in Zamfara

Gunmen have attacked a cinema in Nigeria’s north-western Zamfara State, killing 11 people and injuring more than 20.

The BBC reports that the suspected armed bandits opened fire at a village hall, where residents gather at night to watch films.

The cinemagoers panicked, many escaped with multiple gunshot wounds or broken bones, according to witnesses.

It’s the latest onslaught by bandits in the north-western state that has been under siege for the past year.

Witnesses say the attackers arrived in the village of Badarawa on foot on 12 September before heading to the hall, known as a viewing centre.

Hospital sources says some of the victims’ injuries are life-threatening, while the dead have already been buried.

The police say security personnel have been deployed to track down the assailants.

Nearly 400 people have been killed in the state this year amid an increase in robbery, killings, and kidnappings for ransom in escalating violence in the region.

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