MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – At the very least 43 individuals have died following raids by gunmen in Nigeria’s Sokoto state this week, thrice greater than the preliminary demise toll given by officers, a spokesman for the state governor stated on Wednesday.
Though the army is conducting an operation to stamp out a tide of violence by armed gangs often known as bandits within the northwest, together with a telecoms blackout, the violence and kidnappings have continued.
The most recent assaults in Sokoto’s Illela city bordering Niger republic city happened from Sunday evening into the early hours of Monday morning.
The state authorities had stated 13 individuals have been killed whereas one other two have been killed in one other city east of the state capital.
“Nevertheless, on the time of the governor’s go to Wednesday afternoon the toll has risen to 43,” Muhammad Bello, the governor’s spokesman stated in a press release.
Final month, gunmen killed not less than 43 individuals in one other assault within the state.
Armed gangs working for revenue have killed or kidnapped lots of of individuals throughout northwestern Nigeria this yr.
(Reporting by Maiduguri newsroom,; Writing by MacDonald Dzirutwe)