Many killed, shops, houses, vehicles set ablaze as bandits renewed fresh attacks in 3 Katsina LGAs
Armed bandits had on Tuesday killed dozens of civilians and vigilante group members at Batsari, Dandume and Sabuwa Local government areas as clashes between local vigilantes with the bandits escalated in Katsina.
The fresh onslaught on Sabuwa, according to a source in the local government, was launched at about 4 a.m on Tuesday by the bandits, allegedly dressed in military uniform and armed with AK47 rifles and machetes, shooting sporadically.
But the state police command only confirmed the attack on Sabuwa Local Government, saying 10 people were killed during the invasion.
In Dandume, a resident said not less than 22 corpses of the volunteers (Civilian JTF) were recovered between Monday and yesterday.
A resident, who spoke to Daily Trust last night, said the volunteers were ambushed by the bandits around Madachi, a village near Dandume. He said the CJTF got intelligence the bandits had blocked the Dandume-Birnin Gwari road and decided to disperse them. He said unknown to the vigilantes, their plan was revealed to the bandits.
The resident, who sought anonymity because of security concerns, said after a deadly clash, more than 30 vigilantes were killed. Fourteen bodies were retrieved on Monday and eight others yesterday.
In Batsari however, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Batsari Local Government, Mannir Mu’azu, said the bandits killed five persons, injured 10 and set ablaze numerous houses and vehicles belonging to residents, adding that those who survived the attacks scampered for safety, according to ThisDay.
“Yesterday another tragedy happened in Batsari Local Government. Bandits numbering about 10 attacked Garin-Magaji in the night and killed five persons. They also set ablaze many houses, shops and burnt many vehicles in the village,” he said.
However, the Katsina State Police Command through its spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah, said only 10 persons were feared dead and their corpses were recovered, adding that six of the corpses were identified to be members of the civilian JTF, while the remaining four were yet to be identified as of press time.
In a related development, in the late hours of Tuesday, some armed bandits attacked another village called ‘Yar Gamji located between Batsari and Jibia local governments.
Reports gathered indicated that the bandits killed 4 people and kidnapped an undisclosed number of people.