19 vigilantes killed in battle with bandits in Sokoto

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SOKOTO – have killed 19 vigilantes in Yartsakuwa village of Rabah Local Area of .

A resident of the area, who spoke to Daily Trust on , said the vigilantes were killed while trying to repel an on the community.

The resident, who sought for anonymity, said the attacked the village around 1 pm on Sunday.

“They came with a mission which was to kill of the leaders of the vigilantes in the area,” he said.

The (name withheld) was said to have butchered by the assailants at farmland.

Corroborating this, the counselor representing Ghandi A, Aminu Mu’azu Ghandi, said 14 of the vigilantes were from Ghandi while the remaining five were from other communities under Ghandi district.

He said another five persons who were seriously injured were currently receiving in the hospital.

He added the rustled yet to be ascertained number of cattle in the area.

The Police Public Relations Officer in , ASP Sanusi Abubakar, while confirming the , said only 10 vigilantes were killed.

According to him, the bandits wanted to invade Yartsakuwa village but were repelled by the police.

He said apart from the vigilantes, no single resident of the community was killed.

He advised vigilantes to always wait for the police before responding to any . (Daily Trust)