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Gunmen suspected to be led by the dreaded Bandits’ leader, Turji, have invaded the Goronyo central market in Sokoto state.

The bandits numbering about a hundred, invaded the market on Sunday evening at about 4:50 pm when unsuspecting villagers were buying and selling in the market and opened fire on them.

The bandits reportedly operated from for close to two hours without any resistance from security forces, who could not be informed of the attack as a result of the shutdown of Telecoms in the area.

According to sources from the Local Government, about forty bodies were counted as at Sunday night.

Updates from some of the residents of Goronyo confirmed to DailyStar that 62 bodies were already deposited at Goronyo General Hospital as at Monday morning, this is in addition to some of the bodies that were taken away by their relatives for funerals.

The sources also said that many others are still missing as they were trying to escape by running into the bandits in bushes during the shootings.


They added that some are receiving treatment at the hospital, many of whom are in serious physical and emotional conditions.

Efforts to contact the Police Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Sokoto state command for confirmation were unsuccessful as at the time of filing in this report.

Goronyo market is a big market popular for onions and cattle.

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