Bandits have gunned down 11 persons in two villages of Gandi District of Rabbah Local Government Area of Sokoto State within one week.
Villagers explained that the gunmen invaded Gidan-Buwai and Maikujera in the local government area and also rustled over 300 animals.
One of the villagers Salisu Gandi said the bandits attacked the village in Gidan – Buwai community at Monday night.
“They also rustled over 100 cows, 200 sheep, and goats belonging to the community members as well as some residents of the community in the process,” he said.
Gandi said the gunmen riding motorcycles of about 100, arrived and surrounded Gidan-Buwai village with sophisticated weapons and immediately started shooting indiscriminately, killing and injuring the villagers in sight.
He said the attack was the worst as the bandits destroyed many houses, over 60 silos, 10 motorcycles, and five vehicles, while seven people were wounded, adding that the bandits also burgled many shops and stole essential commodities and food items.
The gunmen went a house-to-house searching for vigilante members to attack
The bandits also attacked Maikujera village and killed five people and wounded some others.
Those wounded had been admitted to the trauma centre of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital
The spokesperson for the state police command, ASP Ahmad Rufa’i, who confirmed the incident could not give the casualty figure , but assured residents that the Nigerian Police would make their findings known to the general public upon completion of their investigations.
Similarly, gunmen attacked in Maikara village, Kware Local Government in the early hours of Wednesday in the state.
An anonymous villager said the gunmen killed two persons, a father and his son in the attack., adding that five persons were kidnapped by the gunmen during the raid which he said lasted for almost two hours.