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  • Updated: May 04, 2024

Bandits lay siege on Katsina community in fresh attack, kill 24

Bandits lay siege on Katsina community in fresh attack, kill

A recent bandit attack in Katsina State is claimed to have resulted in the deaths of at least twenty-four people and several injuries.

Allnews.ng gathered that the attackers killed innocent residents of Unguwar Sarkin Noma, a community in the state's Sabuwa Local Government Area. 

The majority of the victims were recognised as members of the local vigilante group who had seemingly come out to confront them.

An hour-long attack on four villages was carried out by the bandits in reprisal for military operations against their hideouts, a local security officer who spoke to Channels Television claimed.

The officer went on to say that on Thursday night, at about 9:00 PM, the bandits broke into the villages of Unguwar Sarkin Noma, Gangara, Tafi, and Kore, shooting rounds randomly to scare the locals.

Faruq Dalhatu, the chairman of the Sabuwa Local Government Council, said that 23 of the dead were buried on Friday morning in line with Islamic rituals following the incident on Thursday night.

After being declared dead, the last victim was likewise taken from the hospital to be buried.

“Upon hearing of the bandits’ mission to attack the Local Government Council, we swung into action by informing virtually all the security agencies.

“They (security agencies) all responded to our distress call and availed themselves to the community. Before you know it, the Bandits raided the community and killed these people.

“23 people were buried from the beginning, in accordance with Islamic rites and the last victim was conveyed from the hospital after he was certified dead,” he added.

The state police command has not yet commented on the attack as of the filing of this story.

It is believed that Sabuwa is among the eight Local Government Areas in Katsina State with the highest level of vulnerability to security threats, where there is an almost daily increase in bandit activity.

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