Angry mob burns 13 suspected bandits hijacked from Sokoto police station

The bandits were said to be among those who invaded the area on Friday killing two persons, including a shop owner.
Angry mob burns 13 suspected bandits hijacked from Sokoto police station
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An angry mob on Saturday reportedly stormed the Divisional Police headquarters in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State and killed 13 suspected bandits whose corpses were burnt to ashes.

The bandits were said to be among those who invaded the area on Friday killing two persons, including a shop owner.

They were said to have carted away some food items in the shop and forced two residents to carry the food items into the bush, after which they killed them.

The police and local security guards later mobilised and went after them.

In an early morning raid, 13 of the attackers were nabbed in Tangaza forest and brought to the Divisional police headquarters.

According to Daily Trust, the stolen food items were recovered during the operation.

A resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity said after the suspected bandits were brought to the station, angry youths stormed and overpowered the police and killed all the suspected bandits before proceeding to burn their corpses.

He said residents are now all out to defend their community against any possible reprisal.

“And more security operatives have been deployed in the area,” he said

The spokesman of the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, confirmed the incident but did not go into details.

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