Six persons have been reportedly killed by unknown gunmen in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
According to Daily Trust, the attack came on a day President Muhammadu Buhari was in the state to declare the Chief of Army Staff’s 2022 Conference open.
It was reported that among those killed were three policemen and that the bandits were said to have attacked the market around 12:30pm.
According to a member representing Sabon Birni South at the state house of assembly, Sa’idu Ibrahim, the came on about 20 motorcycles with each motorcycle carrying three persons.
“First they went to where the mobile policemen who were guiding the market were stationed. They killed two of them and set one of their vehicles on fire.
“They later killed another policeman who ran into the bush, dragged his body from the bush and throw it into the burning vehicle. They also killed three other persons in the market and injured several others.
“Right now I am with one of my brothers at Orthopaedic hospital in Wamakko because he was shot in the leg by the attackers,” he said.
Ibrahim stated that the attack was carried out by bandits fleeing ongoing military operations in Zamfara, Katsina, and Kaduna states.
“The operation ought to have been carried out in all the states experiencing banditry in the North West simultaneously but because it is not taking place in Sokoto, the state now became a safe haven for bandits dislodged in those states,” he asserted.