Suspected bandits have killed at least 51 people in attacks on five communities in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state. The communities include Kadawa, Kwata, Maduba, Ganda Samu, Saulawa and Askawa.
Hundreds of residents have been displaced by the attacks, with many of them, including women and children taking shelter in Dauran and Zurmi towns.
Residents said several motorbike riding gangs of armed men stormed the communities firing at people.
The armed men were chasing the residents into their houses and on to farms were they were shot dead.