No fewer than twenty people have been reportedly killed again in Sokoto State by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
Reports reaching Naija News at this time confirmed that the attack was carried out on a market at Ungwan Lalle in the Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state.
The terrorists were said to have stormed the market in their large numbers shooting sporadically. A former council Chairman of Sabon Birni Local Government, Abdullahi Tsamaye, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said vehicles and valuable properties were set ablaze by the assailants.
He disclosed that the incident occurred around 5:00 pm on Friday. Tsamaye testified that people who were injured during the attack are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Sabon Birni.
The Punch reports that those with life-threatening injuries were taken to the state capital for proper treatment.
Also confirming the fresh attack, the Special Assistant to the Minister for Police Affairs, Idris Gobir, said about 22 people died in the attack including traders from Sokoto town who were in the village for business transactions.
Gobir added that about 35 people were currently in various hospitals receiving treatment for the injuries sustained during the attack.
An attempt to get the reaction of the state command was, however, futile as the spokesman, Abubakar Sanusi, could not be reached at the time of this report.
In another news earlier, operatives of the Nigerian Army had confirmed the killing of three unknown gunmen at a police checkpoint in Anambra State.
Naija News reports that the development was confirmed in a statement delivered to newsmen on Saturday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.