Bandits on Sunday evening attacked Tsayu village in Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing four persons.
The attackers reportedly invaded the village around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday to rustled four cows.
But the villagers mobilized and went after the bandits following them to the forest with a view to recovering the rustled cows.,
The bandits then allegedly attacked the villagers, killing four of them, before retreating to the forest.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman for Katsina police command, ASP Anaz Gezawa, said, “DPO Jibiya indicated that on 18/08/19 at about 1530hours, a group of armed bandits invaded Tsayu Village of Jibiya LGA and carted away four (4) cows.
“The villagers mobilized and followed the bandits into the forest, ostensibly to recover 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 rustlers, kidnapping, armed banditry, armed robbery and all forms of criminals and criminalities in our society.”
Katsina is among the North-Western states at the centre of banditry and herdmen attacks in the past few years.
While the spate of crimes has reduced in neighbouring states like Zamfara, Katsina is still an hot spot for the criminal elements.