Bandits gun down aid nurse in Zamfara as MSF reacts

Bandits gun down aid nurse in Zamfara as MSF reacts

International medical NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has condemned the killing of a nurse it employed in Zamfara by suspected bandits.

The nurse was identified as Mohammad Hassan, 37.

The incident occurred on Saturday, October 2, 2021. MSF disclosed that the deceased nurse was killed when armed men; suspected to be bandits, opened fire on the public transport vehicle in which he was travelling. 1st News reports that Zamfara State has witnessed a recent rise in the activities of bandits; many of whom operate in organized groups who abduct targets for ransoms.

“Mohammad’s tragic death is an example of the rising violence in N-W Nigeria that is deeply affecting the lives of the population and has driven thousands of people from their homes,” MSF said on Twitter on Monday.

MSF, sometimes rendered in English as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization of French origin; best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.

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The agency says it provided medical humanitarian assistance to the populations of the Anka, Gusau and Zurmi areas in Zamfara State. In Shinkafi, the town where the deceased Hassan was based; MSF runs a 33-bed therapeutic feeding centre and an inpatient paediatric department at the local general hospital.

Zamfara State has been under a telecoms blackout since early September. The embargo was imposed by the state government to disrupt coordination among the bandits and help the armed forces to tackle them. However, the state is not alone in enduring a rise in the activities of the bandits.

Reuters reports that the whole of northwest Nigeria has been engulfed in crisis since late 2020; when gangs of bandits seeking ransoms or loot began a spate of mass abductions from schools; as well as other violent attacks on villages and on people travelling by road.

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