Thirty-four people, including two soldiers, have been killed in north-west Nigeria’s Kaduna state.
The attack, which took place on Sunday, was reportedly carried out by heavily armed criminal gangs known locally as bandits.
Reports suggest at least four locations came under attack in the state by assailants who also destroyed over 200 homes and burnt down shops on Sunday.
One woman remains missing.
A 24-hour curfew has been imposed by the Kaduna state government.
The attack coincided with a raid that killed 16 in neighbouring Zamfara state.
The criminal gangs were officially declared terrorists by the government in January.
Amnesty International has condemned the Kaduna attack and called on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.