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Bandits kill teenager, trader, abduct four villagers in Sokoto

By News Desk

No fewer than two persons were reported to have been killed, three injured and four others have been kidnapped by bandits during an attack on Tangaza town in the northern district of Sokoto State.

The two deceased were a young girl and another petty trader, that were caught in the web of attack launched on the town by the gunmen in the state.

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, the residents narrated that the bandits stormed the town yesterday and started shooting sporadically, killing a shop owner on the spot.

They noted that the teenager, who was also shot and rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, was trying to escape from the scene when bullets hit her and fell.

According to the residents, three other persons sustained gunshot wounds and are currently receiving treatments at a medical facility in the state.

The residents further hinted that the bandits, while leaving after the attacks, carted away foodstuffs and drinks abandoned by residents and traders that had fled for safety.

According to residents, the timely intervention of security agencies alongside local vigilantes, who responded after they were alerted, rescued one of the five kidnap victims.

They noted that about five children were kidnapped, while one was rescued after security personnel engaged some of the bandits that held the child after the attacks.

In the letter written in the Hausa language, the said attackers mentioned five communities – Shuni, Kwanar Kimba, Rikina, and Dange, all in Dange/Shuni Local Government Area, causing panic among the residents.

Confirming the attack, the Sokoto State Police Command spokesman, Sanusi Abubakar,  maintained that only one person was killed and there was no abduction.

The attack on the community came a few days following reports that a threat letter was sent to some communities in Sokoto from suspected bandits.

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