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Gov Tambuwal confirms 43 killed in Illela attack

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Thursday confirmed that 43 persons were killed in Monday’s bandits attack on Illela Local Government Area of the state.

A statement issued by Tambuwal’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello, said the Governor led members of the state’s executives and the Security Council on a condolence visit to the people of Illela on Wednesday.

Armed bandits had attacked the town and some villages near it in the wee hours on Nov. 15, killing 13 persons in the first instance.

“At the time of the governor’s visit on Wednesday, the death toll had risen to 43,’’ Bello stated.

He explained that the village head of Kalmalo, one of the five villages affected in the midnight attack was wounded.

Other villages affected were Munwadata, Sarma, Runji, and Masasa.

According to the spokesman, Governor Tambuwal told the people of Illela that the government and people of Sokoto State felt their grief and extended their condolences.

“This is not a small occurrence. It is upsetting. This incident really touched us,’’ he quoted Tambuwal as saying.

He appealed to the people not to be daunted by the attacks.

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