About 51 persons have been reported dead after bandits attacked six communities in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The communities include Kadawa, Kwata, Maduba, Ganda Samu, Saulawa and Askawa.
Reports claim that armed men riding on motorbikes stormed the communities and fired at people indiscriminately, leaving hundreds of residents displaced, with many of them, including women and children, taking shelter in Dauran and Zurmi towns.
The bodies of some residents killed in the fresh attacks have already been recovered and buried at Dauran, a community located about 10 kilometres west of Zurmi town, headquarters of Zurmi local government area.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, confirmed the attack as he said the police had brought 14 bodies for burial at Unguwar Gwaza cemetery in Gusau, the state capital.
He said the state commissioner of police Mr Hussaini Rabiu, was at Dauran community.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello Matawalle has asked Zamfara residents to defend themselves against killers.
In recent weeks, Zurmi local government has witnessed a spike in deadly raids leading to protests as last week, aggrieved youths blocked Gusau-Kaura Namoda-Zurmi road over the unending killings.
Before then, there was a protest at the palace of Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku.