- Suspected armed bandits have launched a daring attack in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state
- The criminals killed two soldiers as they attempted to repel the attack and abducted many, including a health worker
- An eyewitness said some of the armed bandits were also killed but said they took away their corpses
Sabon Birni LGA, Sokoto state - Armed bandits have reportedly killed two Nigerian soldiers, wounded several others and abducted many people in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state.
Premium Times reported that the attack took place at about 2pm on Thursday, July 15, in Unguwar Lalle, a few kilometres from Sabon Birni town.
A resident of the area, Lawal Gobir, said the two soldiers were killed while trying to repel the bandits’ attack.
Gobir was quoted to have said:
“When a reinforcement was sent, they (bandits) attacked the soldiers and wounded seven of them. They also burnt down two Hilux vans belonging to the Nigerian Army.”
He said he heard sporadic gunshots during the attack, adding that some of the bandits were also killed “but they took away all their corpses while leaving.”
Medical worker among those kidnapped
Another source identified as Musa Gobir said they were yet to know the actual number of people kidnapped.
He identified Garba Zolo, a medical worker, as one of the abducted victims.
He said the bandits stormed a primary healthcare centre in the village and took away Zolo and two other persons.
He, however, said the gunmen were yet to make contact with Zolo's families.
Bandits block Sokoto-Gusau road for operations, kill 12
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 12 people were recently killed by suspected bandits at Maikujera in Rabah local government area of Sokoto state.
ASP Sanusi Abubakar, the spokesman of the Sokoto police command, confirming the attack said the incident happened around 4.30pm on Thursday, June 10.
According to him, nobody was abducted by the bandits, however, the assailants took the lives of no fewer than 12 people.