At least 23 people were killed and six others sustained minor injuries after the gunmen attacked the bus, the motive for which was unclear.
At least 18 people were killed in Mazakuka village in Mashegu local government area of Niger state. Attackers, believed to be ethnic Fulani nomadic herders, were able to escape, officials say.
At least 43 people were killed by gunmen shooting sporadically in an attack at a weekly market in Sokoto’s Goronyo district, local authorities said.
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.
Medics and residents say armed "bandits" attacked five villages in northwest Sokoto state, killing more than 70 people, but there was no immediate official comment on killings.
Caught between the Boko Haram insurgency and deadly farmer-herder conflicts, kidnapping and banditry are gaining a foothold in Nigeria’s northern areas.
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