No fewer than 21 passengers including children were on Monday burnt to death when armed gunmen ambushed a vehicle traveling from Sabon Birni Local Government Area in Sokoto State.
Some of the passengers were said to be traveling from the town of Sabon Birni to the town of Isa near the Nigerian border with Niger when they were attacked and burnt.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sanusi Abubakar said several others are being treated in a hospital for severe burns.
Although another account suggests the number of those killed is around 30 but police are yet to state the exact casualty figures.
Some reports said the attackers deliberately set the vehicle on fire burning the occupants alive while another account indicates the fire ignited on the bus as a result of the attackers’ gunfire.
Describing the scene as horrendous, an official involved in evacuating the casualties stated that most of the victims were burnt beyond recognition.
Sokoto State Police Command however said they are investigating the circumstances of the attack.