At least 11 people have been slain after a swarm of bandits equipped with sophisticated weaponry attacked numerous settlements in Katsina State’s Batsari Local Government Area.
According to eyewitnesses, the bandits arrived late Tuesday night and shot sporadically into the air before going home to house looking for their victims.
The bandits are said to have operated in not less than five villages within the council.
Locals say, during the night raid, 13 people were also injured and several houses burnt down as the bandits operated from dusk till the wee hours of Wednesday.
Confirming the incident, police authorities in the state disclosed that the communities attacked included Katoge and Yanturaku.
Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, in a statement noted that the gunmen came recklessly wielding AK-47 rifles.
He further stated that the force has deployed a deputy commissioner in charge of operations alongside additional units of mobile police operatives to beef up security within the area.
Those killed in last night’s attacks were buried today in Batsari town in line with Islamic rites.
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