Armed suspected cattle rustlers have killed several people at a gold mining site in Zamfara State.
Residents claimed that over 40 of the miners were killed in the attack at Gidan Aro village by gunmen who carted away their mineral find.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Shehu Mohammed, confirmed the attack, but said the actual number of miners killed not yet determined.
Police anti-terrorism squad have since been deployed to the area to join troops who are tracking the gunmen who shot everybody in sight and those inside the mine.
Several people were injured in the attack.