Armed criminal groups attacked a market in a village in Sokoto, northwestern Nigeria, killing dozens of people, the state government said Monday.
Known locally as bandits, gangsters have terrorized northwestern and central Nigeria for years, but attacks have become more violent in recent months.
“I don’t know the number of (deaths). Sokoto government spokesman Muhammed Bello added in a statement that the attack occurred in the Goronho district on Sunday night.
Bandits attacked a market in another village in the Sabon Birni district near the border with Niger on October 8, killing 19 people.
Since last month, Nigerian troops have been conducting air and ground operations at the adjacent Zamfara bandit camp.
Communication services have also been shut down to disrupt communication between gangs.
Sokoto officials are worried that thieves may have relocated to the state as a result of these operations and network disruptions.
“We are faced with and plagued by many security challenges in our area here, especially bandits, kidnappings, and other related crimes,” Bello wrote on behalf of the Governor. I am.
Governor Aminuwajiri Tambwar said he demanded that “more troops exist in the state and more resources be deployed.”
Last month, 17 Nigerian guards were killed when they attacked a base in the village of Dama in Sabon Birni, an army attack blaming Islamic State jihadists.
Armed groups kill dozens of people in the troubled northern part of Nigeria
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