At least 21 people were burned to death in a bus attack in Nigeria

At least 21 passengers, which include children, have been killed when their bus was attacked by gunmen in the northwestern Nigeria, state of Sokoto, according to police.

They were traveling from Sabon Birni to Isa, which is close to the Niger border.

Sanusi Abubakar, a police spokesperson, told the BBC that several others are being treated in a hospital for severe burns.

According to some reports, the number of those killed is around 30.

One of the victims described the scene as “horrendous,” with the majority of the victims burned beyond recognition.

The attack occurred late on Monday, but details are only now becoming available due to poor communication services in the area.

According to some reports, the attackers purposefully set fire to the vehicle, killing the occupants, while another account claims the fire started as a result of the attackers’ gunfire.

The police are looking into the circumstances of the attack, according to reports.

As the region wants to continue to deal with a wave of violence perpetrated by armed gangs carrying out kidnappings for ransom as well as murders, travelers are regularly attacked.

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