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Villagers Flee As Terrorists Kill 8, Abduct 17 In Northwest Nigeria

Attack by terrorists on a village in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State is forcing villagers to seek refuge in other places including the Niger Republic.

About 570 persons have fled their village in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria, after terrorists launched a four-hour attack on them.

HumAngle was informed that the terrorists numbering up to 300 invaded Birjingo village and raided for four hours on Friday, Aug. 13 between 5:00pm to 9:25pm, leaving eight villagers dead.

Sources identified the deceased as Haruna Bahaushe, Danbuzuwa, Alhaji Sada Ruwa, Haruna Baure, and four others. They disclosed that the attackers also injured 19 persons including seven men and 12 women.

Auwal ILyasu who was among those that rescued the injured ones said they were taken to the General Hospital in Goronyo.

“In fact, the few among the injured could not be managed here in Goronyo General Hospital, but were immediately referred to Specialist Hospital in Sokoto,” Ilyasu added.

Local sources said shortly after the attack in Birjingo, “the residents began to run away from their communities in hundreds to the far villages such as Gada, Takakume, Me’iyali, Gidan Hashimu, Bingi and Goronyo Local Government headquarters.

Others were reported to have been moving to the unknown villages in Niger Republic to seek refuge, according to Zannan Goronyo, a villager in the area.

“Please let the fact be told, we have over 570 refugees fleeing their homes from Sabon Birni, Isa and Goronyo Local Government Area, here in Sokoto State, to many unknown destinations as displaced persons,” Ashiru Goronyo another resident told HumAngle.

Meanwhile, suspected terrorists on Thursday, Aug.abducted 17 persons and killed eight others in Yarkofoji town of Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Abdulnasir Abubakar a resident of Yarko Foji confirmed the incident and disclosed that: “the terrorists killed Bashiru Dan Alhazai, Atiku Sule Dan-Iya, Isiya kulele, Aliyu Badamasi, Baki Guda Biyu, Kabiru and an unnamed woman, among others’.

“Among the kidnapped persons were: Rabiu Mai injin, four other boys and girls,” Abubakar added.Fleeing villagers in a canoe after the attack by terrorists. Photo credit: Abdubakar Abdullahi

 


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