At least 20 people were killed in Nigeria’s Sokoto state after gunmen attacked a market and set cars on fire as armed gangs wreak havoc in the north-western part of the country, a state official and local parliamentarians said. member said on Saturday.
Northwest Nigeria has seen a wave of kidnappings of schoolchildren and villagers by bandits since last December, disrupting the daily lives of millions of civilians.
Idris Gobir, Special Adviser to the Sokoto Police Affairs Minister, said armed robbers rode on motorcycles and fired sporadically, killing several people.
“A large number of bandits killed at least 20 people we saw and counted and set fire to nine vehicles,” he told Reuters over the phone. Local parliament member in Sokoto, Hussein Boza, blamed the attack on the lack of adequate security in the state.
A spokesman for Sokoto police confirmed the attack, but did not immediately say how many people were killed. Like other neighboring states in the northwestern part of the country, parts of Sokoto are under a telecommunications blockade as part of a security operation to disrupt the operations of armed gangs.
On Thursday, security agents rescued 187 people abducted by armed gangs in Jamfara state.