A bus carrying 42 passengers was said to have been set on fire by a gang of terrorists in troubled Sokoto State.

According to a report by BBC Hausa, the incident reportedly took place while the passengers were travelling from the Sabon Birni local government area of the state on Monday, December 6, 2021,

An eyewitness told the BBC Hausa that only about seven of the passengers survived, but were in critical condition.

The witness said the remains of those that were burnt to ashes were gathered and buried together.

“Among the passengers were my mother’s brother, his wife, and their four children,” another eyewitness reported.

Sokoto is one of the worst affected by the activities of armed gangs who have terrorised rural areas and killed thousands of people and abducted more over the past couple of years.

Nearly 50 villagers were massacred in two local government areas of the state last month, an incident Governor Aminu Tambuwal called ‘upsetting’.

At least 11,500 people were forced to flee from Sokoto to the neighbouring Niger Republic in November due to terror attacks on their communities, according to the UNHCR.

“Women and children make up the majority of the recent arrivals and describe killings, kidnappings for ransom, and the looting of their villages,” UNHCR spokesperson, Boris Cheshirkov, said at a press briefing last week.

They took shelter in 26 villages across Bangui, located in Niger’s Tahoua region which already received 3,500 Nigerian refugees since September

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