Bandits have invaded a market at Ungwan Lalle in Sabon Birni Local Government Area in Sokoto State and shot 20 villagers dead.
It was gathered that the bandits stormed the market and started shooting sporadically at anyone on sight and successfully gunned down 20 people.
They were said to have arrived the market in large number.
Many people were said to be injured in the attack.
Confirming the attack, member representing Sabon Birni North, Aminu Almustapha Gobir, said the whole Sabon Birni was in a mourning state over the attack.
“Sabon Birni is under siege, this is what I have been telling you people and the government is not happy about it,” he said
Gobir, who witnessed the burial of the two brothers, noted that traders from different places were killed by the attackers.
However, the state government has blamed the traders for the attack because all rural markets in the eastern part of the state were banned as part of measures to curtail banditry.
The Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd), stated while speaking with newsmen.
The Sokoto State Police Command is yet to issue a statement on the attack.
Several bandits have fled from Zamfara State to Sokoto State after the military’s sustained attack on them, driving them away from the area.