JOHANNESBURG, July 13 – The death toll in recent attacks in Nigeria’s Sokoto state has risen to 40, state governor Aminu Tambuwal has confirmed.
On Thursday Tambuwal said more bodies had been recovered after 32 were buried following the attacks which took place in the Rabah local government area of the state, the latest in a string of deadly attacks across the northern states, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.
On Tuesday, hundreds of gunmen invaded Gandi and Mabanni villages in the area and destroyed property, in addition to carrying out the killings.
The attacks were blamed on “bandits” by a senator that visited the area, with Tambuwal adding that this was the first time that a mass killing had taken place in Sokoto in Nigeria’s north-west.
Following the killings Nigerian security forces have been mobilised and are patrolling the area.
Hitherto, Sokoto state has avoided the mass killings that have plagued the country as Fulani herdsmen and settled farmers continue to clash over arable land.
Nevertheless, there are more than 10,000 people living in three Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in the region. (ANA)