At least 20 people have died in Nigeria’s Sokoto state. Gunmen stormed a market and set vehicles on fire.A state official and a local member of parliament said armed groups were wreaking havoc in the northwestern part of the country.
Northwest of Nigeria It has witnessed a wave of kidnappings of school children and villagers for ransom by robbers, which has affected the daily lives of millions of citizens.
Idris Gobir, a special adviser to Sokoto’s minister of police affairs, said armed robbers were riding motorcycles and were firing indiscriminately, killing several people.
“Robbers in large numbers. Killed at least 20 people we saw and set fire to sugarcane and nine vehicles.He told Reuters by phone.
Hussein Boza, a member of the local parliament in Sokoto He blamed a lack of adequate security in the state for the attack.
A Sokoto police spokesman confirmed the attack, but could not immediately say how many people were killed.
Like other neighboring states in the northwestern part of the country, parts of Sokoto as part of a security operation under a telecommunications lockdown. Operations of armed groups
On Thursday, security agents rescued 187 people who had been abducted by armed groups in the state of Zamfara.