The governor’s administration in northern Nigeria’s Sokoto state claimed on Monday that gunmen killed at least 30 persons in an attack.
The attack began on Sunday at a weekly market in Goronyo and continued into Monday morning, according to Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
According to Iliyasu Abba, a local citizen and businessman, there were 60 bodies at Goronyo General Hospital’s mortuary, and others were injured while fleeing.
“As the market was filled with shoppers and sellers, the shooters assaulted it,” he claimed.
The men were “shooting sporadically on us after they surrounded the market firing at every direction killing people.”
Abba said the gunmen had at least initially overpowered police who tried to intervene. A police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gunmen across northwestern Nigeria have killed scores of people and kidnapped hundreds more for ransom over the past year in a security crisis that the government is trying to tackle via communications blackouts, military operations and stepped up policing.
The government ordered shut all telephone and internet services in the whole of Zamfara state in early September, a blackout later extended to parts of Katsina, Sokoto and Kaduna states as military operations intensified.
Tambuwal, in his statement, requested more security forces in the state and the deployment of more resources.