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Funeral Held For Passengers Killed In Northwestern Nigeria

The proximity of Sokoto State to Zamfara has increased the risk of attacks by terror groups.

The Islamic funeral has taken place for several passengers burnt to death when a terror group attacked a commercial bus on a highway in Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria. 

The bus was moving an estimated 45 passengers on Monday, Dec. 6 from the volatile Sabon Birni area of ​​Sokoto State when the attack occurred around the Gidan Bawa area of the state. 

The community is close to the border with Niger Republic and Zamfara State, the epicenter of the violence in the Northwest. 

The terrorists were reported to have shot at the vehicle which subsequently went up in flames and burnt several passengers aboard. 

The remains of some of the passengers burnt in the incident have been buried according to Islamic customs. 

It’s unclear the total number of people killed because of the limited access to information from the area. 

Communities in Sabon Birnin, Isa, and other eastern parts of Sokoto have been grappling with violence ravaging the Northwest and Niger state.

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