October 18, (THEWILL) – Heavily armed gang suspected to be bandits have attacked Goronyo market in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Sources in the village said the assailants attacked the market in large numbers on Sunday night, shooting sporadically and killing several persons.
Exact casualty figures are unknown as government officials and the police are yet to make any statement on the incident.
This is the third time in two weeks bandits have attacked a village market in Sokoto State.
Earlier this month, 20 persons were killed at Ungwan Lalle market in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state.
Nigerian military is currently conducting air and ground operations on bandit camps in neighbouring Zamfara state where authorities have shut down telecom services.
The influx of bandits from neighbouring Zamfara state prompted authorities in Sokoto to shut down telecom towers in areas on the border with Zamfara, including Sabon Birni.
Bandits fleeing the military operation in Zamfara have set up camps in the Sabon Birni district from where they raid villages.
Last month, 17 security personnel were killed when gunmen raided their base in Sabon Birni’s Dama village which the military blamed on Islamic State-aligned jihadists