Update: Attack on Katsina village claimed lives of army captain, 6 civilians
An update we got regarding the attack by armed bandits in Kasai village of Batsari Local Government of Katsina State in late night hours of Saturday revealed more casualties as the result of the attack.
According to our sources, the bandits’ attack claimed the lives of a senior military officer in the rank of a captain and six other civilians.
Recall that Katsina Post earlier reported to you that the bandits in their numbers spent almost three hours operating in the village shooting sporadically and following house by house stealing whatever they could lay their hands on.
One of the residents who witnessed the incidence told our correspondent that the bandits came in numbers and they divided themselves into groups.
Meanwhile, the Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has paid a condolence and sympathy visit to Kasai village in Batsari local government over the bandits’ attack.
Alhaji Aminu Masari was accompanied by the state commissioner of police Sule Buba and the Brigadier General of 17 brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Luqman.
Speaking at the palaces of Magajin Kasai, the Governor asked residents to pray against a reoccurrence of the ugly incident.
Alhaji Aminu Masari reminded people of the need to be their brother’s keepers through monitoring activities of those collaborating with the bandits to unleash mayhem on innocent civilians.
He said the government had been up and doing, which led to the posting of the joint military, police and other security personnel to keep vigil that made the captain to pay the supreme price.
He called for not only prayers but concrete action to report informants to law enforcement agencies for proper maintenance of law and order in the state.
Earlier, the transition committee chairman of Batsari local government, Alhaji Mannir Mu’azu Rumah informed Governor Masari that two days ago, bandits numbering over one hundred attacked Kasai Village.
Alhaji Mannir explained that the bandits first attacked the military personnel stationed, killing the captain and burnt down the operational Hilux vehicle.
They later entered the village, he said visiting the houses of the six civilians separately thereby killing them.
He said the bandits made away with several animals, motorcycles and other valuables.
During the sympathy visit, special prayers were offered for the repose of the soul of the deceased members of the Kasai village and the captain of the Nigerian Army.