By Cecilia Ologunagba

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres has strongly condemned the attacks in Zamfara State that costs the lives of several civilians.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, the UN Chief expressed his displeasure whilst extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

According to reports, an estimated 200 people or more were killed during deadly reprisals by armed bandits following military airstrikes on their hideouts.

The bandits stormed five villages in Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas from Tuesday to Wednesday and left behind a trail of blood.

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The bandits burnt down the five villages killed many residents and mutilated their bodies.

As of Saturday morning, 200 people had been buried in funerals.

The secretary-general urged the Nigerian authorities to spare no effort in bringing those responsible for these heinous crimes to justice.

Guterres reaffirmed the solidarity and support of the United Nations to the government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime.

NAN

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