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He was according to the companion. The companion says "when he was fully healed and could travel he killed the bandits that were troubling the town. "
I am just saying groups such as Rand, Shaido, and Aiel wouldn't hire bandits to find survivors. Of all the groups that took part only the WT or maybe BA/Darkfriends would be the type to hire people to try and locate survivors. Elaida especially would want any survivor rounded up so limit the risk of the disaster spreading. Or seeking specific people. Of all the people who fled from the fight, the WT people were the ones who left in small groups however they could get out. Which make it seem like they would most likely be the intended targets.
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