- Men of the underworld have launched another deadly attack on the northern state of Katsina
- The armed gang on Monday, July 5 raided the Batsari local government area of the state till the morning of Tuesday, July 6
- Local who witnessed the disaster claimed that while the attackers killed at least 19 persons, they also burned a lot of houses
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The Tsauwa village in the Batsari local government area of Katsina was attacked by gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday, July 6.
Residents who spoke with journalists in the state revealed that the attackers started their operation in the night of Monday, July, Monday 5, The Independent reports.
Eyewitnesses also claimed that sporadic shootings from the gunmen killed about 19 locals who were fleeing the area for safety, adding that the armed gang burnt a lot of houses in the attack, Punch reports.
One of the residents said:
“When they came, they started shooting and pursuing people who were trying to escape and those attempting to escape into the forest.
“As at last count, they killed 19 persons and we buried them this morning (Tuesday) while those injured have been taken to hospital for treatment.”
Confirming the development, Gambo Isah, the spokesman of the police command in Katsina, said he is already in talks with the area's DPO to gather details.
Armed bandits kidnap over 8 passengers along Katsina road
Meanwhile, heavily armed gunmen had reportedly kidnapped about 15 passengers along the Tsakskiya-Ummadau road in Safana local government area of Katsina state.
The passengers were travelling in a commercial vehicle with registration number KZR 345ZT, when they were ambushed by the bandits on Sunday, April 11.
An eyewitness, Aliyu Rumawa, told the publication that the bus was returning from Jibia market when the incident occurred.
He stated that the bandits who carried out the attacks were about 20. Rumawa said: Fifteen out of 18 passengers in the bus were taken away by the bandits, numbering about 20 and were heavily armed.
The passengers were returning from Jibia market and most of them are traders.