The Sokoto State Police Command has confirmed the killing of about 13 people during another bandit attack on Tara village of Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state.
While confirming the attack, the command’s spokesperson, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, said the attacks also left at least three people critically injured.
Abubakar who said the injured were receiving treatment at the Orthopedic Hospital in Wamakko, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Kamaldeen Okunlola, was in the village earlier on Friday.
He assured residents that additional security personnel would be deployed in the area.
Also speaking on the incident, the village head of Tara , Mainasara Tara, said the bandits carted away a number of livestock after burning down their food storage facilities.
He said, “They came at midnight through an unusual route to the village because our men and youths are guiding all the major entrances.
“We have not been sleeping at night because of the incessant attacks on our villages. We divided ourselves into groups and each group was guiding each of the major entrances into the village.
“They sneaked into the village and opened fire on members of the group that were stationed around that area, and killed them. They then proceeded to the town, killing people. We just buried thirteen bodies, including a six year-old-girl and seven people who were critically injured have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.”