Bandits kill 22, burn houses in Sokoto

Bandits kill 22, burn houses in Sokoto

- Suspected bandits have killed no fewer than 22 people in Sokoto village

- The bandits also destroyed some property belonging to the villagers

- Eye witness accounts revealed that some villagers sustained different degrees of injuries

No fewer than 22 people were killed and property worth millions of naira raze down when suspected bandits attacked Gangara village in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state.

Daily Trust reports that eyewitness accounts revealed that some of the villagers sustained injuries from a gunshot while scores of them were still unaccounted for.

Legit.ng gathered that the injured ones were taken to the nearest hospitals for treatment while those who lost their lives in the attack had been buried in accordance with the tenets of Islam.

One of the witnesses, Laminu Umar, told the newspaper that this was the first time the village was attacked after several fruitless attempts in the past by the bandits.

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“They had made several attempts to invade the village but were foiled by the locals. We are suspecting that they invited their friends from other states and that was why they succeeded this time around.

Bandits kill 22, burn houses in Sokoto

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“They came around 3:30 pm on over 150 motorcycles, each carrying three armed men. They started shooting sporadically, killing people at sight, burning their houses and vehicles,” he said.

According to him, the miscreants, who operated for about two hours, also went away with the villagers’ livestock.

Another witness, who pleaded anonymity, said the invaders ran into bushes after seeing military vehicles approaching the village.

“We just buried 22 corpses, and we are still searching for more in the bushes. There are several others who are being treated for gunshots in the hospitals,” Umar said.

The spokesman of the Sokoto state police command, DSP Muhammad Sadiq, confirmed the attack and promised to give more details of the attack after coming back from their monitoring of compliance to the ongoing closure of inter-state routes by the Sokoto government.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some people traveling on the Birnin-Gwari - Kaduna highway were reportedly kidnapped by suspected bandits.

It was reported that the daring bandits carried out the attacks on Saturday evening, March 15, and on Sunday evening, March 15.

During the Saturday incident, the bandits were said to have kidnapped some students who were on their way back to Birnin-Gwari from Kaduna after writing the university matriculation examination (UTME).

A witness said an individual, Ibrahim Idris, who boarded the same vehicle with the students was killed by the bandits.

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