At least 26 killed in Nigeria cattle raiding
Abuja, July 12 : At least 26 bodies have been recovered following a two-day attack by suspected cattle raiders in Sokoto in Nigeria, officials said on Wednesday.
Another emergency response official said the recovered bodies were being prepared for mass burial.
Local residents said many cattle were stolen and houses razed when the attackers stormed villages around Gandi in Rabah area late Monday.
Police have cordoned off the affected areas, saying the state's police chief had directed prompt investigation into the incident.
Sokoto State Police spokeswoman Cordelia Nwewe said two of the affected villages were "completely burned" by the attackers.
Cattle raiding has recently become a major crime in Nigeria, with the northern part of the most populous African country being the hardest hit.