Bandits on Wednesday killed twenty two people in an attack on Dangara village in the Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, the Police have said.
Sokoto Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje, confirmed the incident, through the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Abubakar Sadiq, saying the attack also left about 20 people injured.
Sadiq said, “Upon information received from Gangara Police Post that large number of bandits stormed Gangara village at about 1630hrs on motorbikes, the joint Operation Puff Adder and Military patrol teams were drafted to the scene, efforts were made by the bandits to ambush the response team but were unsuccessful, due to strategic response of the team to the laid ambush.
“After a fierce gun duel, the bandits retreated and escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries while one bandit was shot dead.
“Unfortunately, 22 bodies were discovered to have been victims of sporadic shooting by the bandits on arrival.”
A philanthropist, Alhaji Garba Suleiman, has reportedly offered to settle the hospital bills of the victims.