Gunmen suspected to be led by the dreaded Bandits’ leader, Turji, have invaded the Goronyo central market in Sokoto state, killing over 63 people.
The terrorists 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 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 DailyStar, a Sokoto based-online publication, sources from the Local Government, said about forty bodies were counted as at Sunday night.
Similarly, some of the residents of Goronyo confirmed 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.
The Zamfara Police Command is yet to speak on the issue.
Solacebase reports that Goronyo market is a popular market for onions and cattle.