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Gunmen attack Nigeria, killing at least 43

International desk
Gunmen killed at least 43 people in an attack in northern Nigeria's Sokoto state.

A report by the Reuters news agency on Tuesday, October 19 said the governor's office in Sokoto had confirmed the information.

The governor of Sokoto province, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said in a statement that armed terrorists attacked a weekly market in a local rural area last Sunday. The gunman continued their attack until Monday morning. This resulted in the death of 43 people.

But Iliyasu Abba, a local businessman, told Reuters there were 60 bodies in the morgue at Garanya General Hospital after the attack. In addition, many people were injured while trying to escape during the attack.

He added that a large number of buyers and sellers were present in the shops of the weekly market at the time of the attack. In his words, ‘After the market was surrounded, the gunmen started firing randomly. They were firing everywhere to kill people.

Iliyasu said police tried to intervene during the attack, but the gunmen were more powerful.

In northern Nigeria, one of the largest countries in West Africa, robberies, murders, looting, ransom, and kidnappings of schoolchildren have become almost regular occurrences. There are allegations that the central government and law enforcement agencies in Nigeria are not taking appropriate steps to stop these crimes.

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