Who are the 'bandits' behind Nigeria's mass kidnappings?

Nigerian schoolgirls react as they reunite with family members in Jangebe, Zamfara state, on March 3, 2021.

Photo credit: Aminu Abubakar | AFP

For the past decade, criminal gangs in northwest Nigeria have terrorised communities, attacking villages, pillaging, raping, stealing cattle, ambushing travellers and kidnapping people.


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