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  • Updated: June 23, 2024

Bandits fresh attack on Katsina community leaves nine dead, 50 abducted, houses, car burnt

Bandits fresh attack on Katsina community leaves nine dead,

The community of Maidabino in Danmusa Local Government Area, Katsina State, has been attacked by a large number of bandits, during a terrifying nighttime ordeal.

Nine people tragically lost their lives in the horrific attack, which took place between 10 PM on Saturday and about 2:30 AM on Sunday. Fifty occupants, mostly women and children, were taken hostage.

According to a local who spoke to Daily Trust on condition of anonymity out of fear for their safety, the assailants were so many that they were able to operate with complete impunity and overpower local security.

In the course of the bandits' rampage, almost ten residences, fifteen stores, and nine cars were set on fire.

The Source said, “What happened was that some traders who were returning from Yantumaki market on Friday, about 30 vehicles, who were going in a convoy with a military escort, had to return and pass the night in Danmusa because they could not proceed to Maidabino as they encountered bandits along the way.”

“In the encounter, some bandits were killed by the military escort. Unfortunately, the bandits mobilized a large number from Zamfara and other places, to the extent that the soldiers that are in Maidabino could not avert the attack,” another source confirming the attack said.

In recent days and weeks, Katsina has seen a revival of fatal bandit assaults, particularly in frontline local government districts like Kankara, Danmusa, and others.

The police spokesman in Katsina, ASP Abubakar Sadiq Aliyu, acknowledged the occurrence to members of the press and stated the investigation was underway, with additional developments to be announced in due course.

However, Aliyu stated that seven individuals were murdered during the incident.

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