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Terrorists attack Sokoto villages, kill nine, abduct many

Marauding terrorists wreaking havoc in Nigeria’s north west region have attacked four villages in Sokoto State killing nine locals.

The attacks happened in Kojiyo in Goronyo Local Government, Chaco in Wurno Local Government, and Lambar Rabah in Rabah Local Government on Monday while Rara in Rabah Local Government was struck on Tuesday, according to PREMIUM TIMES.

Four people were reportedly killed, and 13 others were abducted in Kojiyo. Three were killed in Lambar Raba while two people were killed and several others abducted in Rara. Twelve people were abducted in Chaco.

“They (terrorists) took two of my wives. When they came into the community in the night (Tuesday), most people ran into their houses thinking that the terrorists would only take foodstuff, abduct those seen outside and leave. But they went from house to house. That was how they took my wives,” PREMIUM TIMES quoted one Abubakar, a resident of Rara, as saying.

He said he was not at home when the terrorists invaded his community.

He said his friend, Dan Shehu Rara, was killed by the terrorists in the presence of his family members.

“He was slaughtered like a chicken for saying he didn’t have anything to give.”

One other person was shot in the head and he died instantly, he said.

Ibrahim Halilu, another resident, said his brother Hussaini Bello was among those abducted during the attack that lasted for several hours.

During Monday morning attack, a group of terrorists made a stopover in Lambar Rabah where they killed three people before moving to Kojiyo.

“It was obvious that they planned to attack Kojiyo but when they reached Lambar Rabah, it was still early and as soon as they reached the intersection, they opened fire on the people they saw and three men died instantly.

“They didn’t even stop in the community. They moved to Kojiyo. Despite efforts to alert the people of Kojiyo that the terrorists were on the way to their community, they killed four people and 13 others were abducted,” a native of Lambar Rabah, who asked not to be named because he works with the Sokoto State government, disclosed.

Before the attack on Kojiyo and Lambar Rabah, another group of terrorists also attacked Chaco and abducted 12 people and rustled domestic animals.

“It’s disturbing that the trend of killing and kidnapping people is resurfacing in these areas” Basharu Guyawa, a researcher on banditry who is also from Sokoto, said. “These terrorists drove on their motorcycles from Gundumi forest to attack four villages, took people and domestic animals and returned to their camps in the forest without any attempt by security agents to repel them. It’s serious and disturbing.”

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Ahmad Rufa’i, has not issued a statement on the attack.

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