"At the moment, 26 dead bodies have been recovered from the attacks," NEMA spokesman Suleiman Kadir told AFP. "The toll may rise with the latest attack from yesterday (Tuesday)."
Two of the affected villages were in the Rabah district of Sokoto, he said, adding that more than 1,000 people had been made homeless and travelled to the town of Gandi.
Kidnapping and cattle rustling gangs operate just over the state border, he added. The violence was "not unconnected", he said.
The attacks have prompted villages to form local militia for protection however they, too, are accused of carrying out extra-judicial killings of suspected bandits. But that in turn leads to reprisals.
In April, troops were deployed to Zamfara to fight the gangs while the police outlawed the civilian militia in an attempt to stop the tit-for-tat killings. It was not immediately clear whether the latest attacks were connected with the face-off between the bandits and vigilantes.
Last week the police recovered the bodies of 41 suspected bandits with their throats slit in a forest and nearby river in the Zurmi area of Zamfara. Police arrested 15 militia members in connection with the killings.
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