Bandits numbering about 200 attack Sabon Garin Baure and Baure villages in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State on Friday.
The attack was, however, foiled by a heavy counter-attack from operatives of the Operation Puff Adder in the state.
Herald Nigeria learnt that some of the bandits sustained gunshot injuries in the incident before fleeing into the fringes of Rugu forest in the council.
Confirming the incident, the Spokesman for Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah said, “On 26/07/2019 around 00:00hrs, a group of bandits numbering 200 on motorcycles armed with dangerous weapons, shooting indiscriminately invaded and attacked simultaneously residents of both Sabon Garin Baure and Baure villages, Safana LGA of Katsina state.
“DPO Safana immediately led teams of Operations Puff Adder to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel that lasted for over an hour. The police teams succeeded in dislodging the hoodlums and chased them out of the village.
“They also recovered two hundred cows and three hundred sheep/goats and three motorcycles from the bandits. The teams right now are combing the fringes of Rugu forest for the remnants of the hoodlums who have escaped with gunshots injuries during the encounter for possible arrest.
“The command enjoins members of the public to continue to partner with security agencies in the fight against crime and criminality in the state. Investigation is ongoing,” he added.