No fewer than 30 individuals have been killed by bandits throughout separate assaults on Tsauwa and Dankar villages in Katsina State.
The incident occurred on Friday night in Batsari Native Authorities Space, police authorities within the state have confirmed.
The Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, who visited the villages spoke to reporters at one of many scenes of the assault.
He famous that these killed by the assailants had been principally aged girls and kids who couldn’t run whereas different villagers fled.
Buba revealed that 21 individuals had been killed in Tsauwa village, out of which 13 had been set ablaze whereas 9 villagers had been killed in Dankar.
Eyewitnesses instructed Channels Tv on Saturday that the bandits stormed the villages in giant quantity on bikes and armed with weapons whereas locals had been taking the night prayers and began taking pictures sporadically.
Batsari stays one of many eight front-line LGAs and hazard zones in Katsina the place bandits terrorise harmless residents.
Regardless of the peace deal initiative of the Aminu Masari administration, kidnapping for ransom and banditry have continued as pockets of assaults had been recorded in some native authorities areas.
Throughout a go to to the affected villages, the areas had been abandoned with a lot of the homes and livestock burned into ashes by the bandits.
In Tsauwa village, locals had been seen making efforts to burry a few of the victims in a close-by graveyard.
The ward head of Tsauwa, Salisu Lawal, who spoke in Hausa narrated how the bandits invaded the village throughout an interview with Channels Tv.
He stated, “Yesterday (Friday) once we had been making ready for the Magrib prayer, we heard that bandits had been attacking Dankar village.
“Unknown to us that they had been additionally coming to this village, we noticed them in giant quantity; a few of them trekking, some using bikes.
“Upon their arrival, they began taking pictures sporadically from throughout all of the areas within the village; they equally restricted motion of all of the individuals within the village.”
Following the assaults, the police stated they’ve arrested some suspects whereas extra personnel have been deployed within the affected villages.
The killings come 5 months after the state governor, Aminu Masari, commenced a peace dialogue and reconciliation initiative with commanders of varied bandits teams terrorising residents within the front-line LGAs.
The federal government had stated the initiative was to revive normalcy and guarantee sustainable peace within the affected communities.