Residents who witnessed the incident have said that militants killed 50 villagers, two soldiers and one police officer after raiding a village in northwest Nigeria.
Since December last year, Zamfara has been at the centre of often violent kidnappings by heavily armed bandits who have targeted schools, villages and people travelling on highways for ransom.
Parents raised and paid an undisclosed ransom to free the students, who were among more than 100 taken on July 5 from Bethel Baptist High School, officials say.
Militants kill15 soldiers and four militia fighters after attacking their convoy in northeastern Borno state, security sources say. Meanwhile, search continues for dozens of students kidnapped in northwestern Kaduna state.
Nigerian army rescued 180 people in the early hours of Friday, but around 30 male and female students remain unaccounted for after gunmen attacked a forestry college in northwestern Kaduna state overnight.
The pre-dawn attack on Tara village is the latest in a series of attacks by criminal gangs known locally as "bandits" who for years have terrorised communities. The attackers also stole 100 cows.
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