- Residents of Unguwar Samanja village in Faskari local government area of Katsina state have been thrown into mourning
- This is following the death of at least six people who were killed by unknown gunmen during a recent attack in the northern state
- Katsina is one of the states that has suffered many attacks in the past as criminals have been targeting strategic places in the northern region
Faskari, Katsina - Unknown gunmen have struck again in Katsina state, this time, killing no fewer than six people on Sunday, October 23, in Unguwar Samanja village, Faskari local government area.
Premium Times reports that during the attack, several other people were abducted when the bandits arrived at the village at 5:49 p.m.
A resident of Daudawa identified as Nasir Hassan said the attackers rode into the village on motorcycles shooting sporadically minutes before residents were preparing for the dawn prayer.
Hassan, a student in Zamfara state, revealed that five people who died after the attack were buried on Monday, October 25.
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He also confirmed that the attackers abducted several people but he wasn't able to ascertain their number.
Auwal Liman, another resident of Daudawa, said the number of casualties has risen to six, including another person from Unguwar Labbo community.
Security operatives battle bandits
Meanwhile, security operatives early Sunday morning, October 24, were engaged in a fierce gun battle with bandits in Jibia and Danmusa local government areas of Katsina state, The Punch added.
The joint security operation led to the recovery of 102 domestic animals from the camps of the bandits.
SP Gambo Isah, the Katsina police spokesman confirming the development explained that the operation was based on credible information on the activities of bandits.
Gunmen kill 17 in mosque during prayer
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Matane, confirmed the incident. While the attack left three others injured, the whereabouts of about 18 villagers are unknown. They were said to have been abducted by the gunmen.
Matane explained that the gunmen killed 16 people in a mosque in MazaKuka and another one person in Kaboji village.