No fewer than 17 people have been reported killed with many sustaining life threatening injuries following the attacks, by bandits on three Katsina villages on Sunday.
Eye witnesses said four persons were killed in Tsayau village of Jibia Local government, 11 at Dantakuri and 2 at Barza villages all of Danmusa local government.
The attacks, which took place between 7pm to 12am on Sunday evening according to locals, were accompanied by kidnappings, wanton destruction of property and rustling of large numbers of animals.
Sources said Tsayau villagers mobilized after the attack and carried the corpses of victims to the palace of Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman to protest the killing on their land.
Katsina Police Command on Monday confirmed the attack on Tsayau village.
The Command said, “At about 1530hours, a group of armed bandits invaded the village, carting away four cows.
Acting spokesman of the State Police Command, ASP Anas Gezawa, said that, “The villagers mobilized and followed the bandits into the forest, ostensibly to recovered the cows, the bandits killed four (4) of the villagers and escaped in to the thick hilly mountainous forest.”
“The command wishes to advise the people to always implore the measures of synergy and cooperation with security agencies in dealing with the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed banditry, armed robbery and all forms of criminality in our society.”
The Police are yet to issue any statement on the attacks on two villages in Danmusa LGA.
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