At least 30 dead after gunmen set Nigeria bus on fire

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At least 30 people, including women and children, died when gunmen torched a bus in Nigeria’s Sokoto state on Tuesday, police and residents said, once again recalling growing insecurity in the country the most populous in Africa.

Over the past year, gunmen, known locally as bandits, have carried out violent attacks on villagers and commuters on the highways and kidnapped hundreds of schoolchildren for ransom in the north of the country.

Sokoto State Police spokesperson Sanusi Abubakar said the bus was carrying 24 passengers when it was set on fire by gunmen. Seven people escaped with injuries and were taken to hospital.

But two residents who arrived at the scene and helped recover the bodies told Reuters the bus was overcrowded and the bodies burned to the point of being unrecognizable.

Residents said villagers were ambushed on the road connecting the local government area of ​​Sabon Birni and the village of Gidan Bawa in Sokoto state.

Bandits travel on motorbikes and are known to hide in forests, where they often guard kidnapped victims while awaiting payment of ransoms.

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