Many people were feared killed in a communal clash ignited by bandits’ attacks in Tangaza local government area of Sokoto state.
Our reporter gathered that four communities were attacked between Sunday and Wednesday by the marauders who killed seven persons, including a nursing mother and her daughter, who were burnt to death in a commercial vehicle.
They also injured injured several others and abducted many, including women and children.
The communities attacked include Gidan Kakale where five persons were said to be abducted; Ruwa Wuri’s road where they shot a driver of a commercial vehicle who was identified as Nasir Alhaji Sule and burnt down the vehicle with some of its passengers.
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They also attacked Alela Sutti village where they were said to have abducted women and their children before invading Alkasu village where they killed four persons, injured three and abducted 17 others.
A resident of Tangaza who confirmed the incidents said immediately after the burial of the burnt nursing mother and her daughter, some youth and vigilantes attacked neighbouring Fulani communities and set houses ablaze.
According to our source, several people were killed and injured during the attack.
On why bandits attack was rampant in the area, he said it was due to the proximity to Tsauna and Kuyan bana forests which stretch to Niger Republic.
The source said many of the bandits are foreigners.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Ahmad Rufa’i promised to get back to our reporter but he had not done so as of the time of filing this report.