Armed men suspected to be bandits have reportedly killed four persons and rustled several livestock in Sokoto State.
This tragic incident has made some communities in the eastern part of Sokoto sSate to be deserted as residents fled their residence over fear.
Confirming the attacks, the state Commissioner for Carrier and Security Matters, Col. Garba Moyi (rtd), said three persons were killed at Bargaja village in Isa local government area while one was killed in a community under Sabon-Birni local government area. It was learnt that the armed bandits invaded Bargaja around 2pm on Thursday, shooting sporadically.
Speaking on the incident, a resident disclosed that six persons were shot in the village, but only three died while the remaining three are currently receiving treatment in the hospitals.
However, the commissioner explained that the attacks were made by the splinter groups of those gangs that already embraced peace with the government and they were meant to rustle animals not to kill the villagers.
He further explained that most of the people killed were either members of the vigilante group or those who lost their animals and decided to pursue the bandits.
He added that over 20 weapons had been recovered from the bandits while many captives have been freed.