This file picture taken on February 23, 2017 shows two cattle at a livestock yard in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria. The kidnapping gangs and cattle thieves are known to operate in northern Kaduna and Zamfara. / AFP / STEFAN HEUNIS
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Cattle thieves have killed 23 people in northern Nigeria's Zamfara state which has been battling cattle rustling and kidnapping in recent months, a local government official said late Saturday.Muhammad said the gunmen had earlier on Friday invaded the remote village, carting away some cattle but were forced to flee by local vigilantes who fought them off and reclaimed the stolen herd.Cattle rustlers have for several years been terrorizing herding and farming villages in the state, stealing herds and killing residents who resist them.
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