Today, Sunday, January 9, 2022, the Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development (ECHRD) condemned the killing of civilians Zamfara, Nigeria after separate attacks by armed militias in several villages.
The incident occurred during deadly revenge attacks by armed militias, following air strikes carried out by the army on their hideouts last week. Many residents have lost many of their relatives. An eyewitness stated that he lost his wife and three children in the attacks and that about 154 people were buried, including a number of guards who also died. Citizens said that the death toll had reached at least 200 people.
The rate of mass kidnappings and other violent crimes has been increasing in Nigeria since late 2020, particularly against children. Last September, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stated that at least one million Nigerian children may be absent from school in 2021 with the start of the new semester, amid an escalation of mass kidnappings and insecurity in schools.
It is also worth noting that the Nigerian police managed to rescue 97 people recently kidnapped by armed gangs earlier this year, after the security forces carried out in recent weeks several operations against gang camps.
The Egyptian coalition affirms its absolute rejection of all terrorist acts that would affect human security and the right to life in all parts of the world.