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In northern Nigeria, gunmen kill at least 43 people, according to a state governor, while in northern Lagos, at most 43 are killed by gunman, the governor said

In northern Nigeria, gunmen kill at least 43 people, according to a state governor, while in northern Lagos, at most 43 are killed by gunman, the governor said

The governor's office said on Monday that gunmen killed at least 43 people in an attack in northern Nigeria' s Sokoto state, killing at most of them, according to the governor.

The assault began at a weekly market in Goronyo on Sunday and continued into Monday morning, Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said in spokesman.

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Iliyasu Abba, a local resident and trader, told Reuters that there were 60 bodies at the Goronyo General Hospital mortuary and that others sustained injuries while escaping.

"The gunmen stormed the market as it was crowded with shoppers and traders," he said.

The men were "shooting sporadically on us after they surrounded the market firing at every direction killing people."

Abba said that the gunmen had at least initially outstripped police who tried to intervene. A police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In early September, the government ordered the shutdown of all telephone and internet services in the whole of Zamfara state, which later extended to parts of Katsina, Sokoto, and Kaduna states as military operations intensified.

Nigeria's top general said last week that the telecoms blackout would be maintained because it was helping the military fight back against the bandits. But the closure has made it difficult to determine what is going on in the affected areas, and it has disrupted everyday life and business for millions.

Tambuwal requested more security forces in Sokoto and the deployment of more resources.

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