Kenneth Ebrimson, the police commissioner in Zamfara State, has confirmed the death of 15 villagers in the attack on Zamfara communities on Thursday and Friday
Mr Ebrimson told PREMIUM TIMES the attack occurred in a community near the border with Kebbi and blamed armed bandits who have been on renewed killing spree across the state in recent weeks.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how armed bandits on Friday attacked Kabaro and two other villages in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The bandits in their dozens rode on motorbikes to attack Kabaro, Danmani Hausawa and Danmani Dakarkari, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
The news agency, AFP, however quotes some villagers as saying 27 people were killed in the attacks blamed on a gang of cattle rustlers.
Mr Ebrimson said he had dispatched the area commander to the area to calm the situation.
Hundreds have been killed in attacks linked to cattle-rustling gangs in the North-west state this year alone.