200 bandits storm Katsina community, kill 15

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Armed bandits numbering over 200 stormed Yar Gamji village of Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State and killed 15 residents.

The victims were said to be farmers working on their farms

The Katsina State Police Command on Monday confirmed the incident, which occurred in spite of ongoing military crackdown on bandits in the state and others in the North-West geopolitical zone.

The state’s police spokesman,  SP Gambo Isah said over 200 armed bandits on motorcycles stormed the community around 10:00am.

According to him, the assailants starting shooting sporadically, killing 15 people in the process and injuring many others.

However, he said security agents mobilised and mounted a resistance which chased always the bandits ad prevented further damage.

Isah said,  “It’s true, fifteen persons were killed in the attack. The bandits numbering over 200 came on motorcycles armed with AK 47 rifles pursuing them (the farmers) even to the forest, shooting and killing them.

“A mop up after revealed the 15 corpses. At present, our people are on ground and I am expecting a detailed report on their confrontation with the bandits.”

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar recently lamented the negative impact of banditry on farming in the North, describing it as a great disservice.

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