Bandits Attack Katsina Villages, Kill Six, Abduct Others

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Suspected armed launched attacks on villages in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State in the late hours of Monday, February 19, 2024.

The bandits, reportedly rampaging across three different villages in the Faskari LGA, invaded Yar Nasarawa village, resulting in the tragic death of at least six people.

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Yar Nasarawa village shares a boundary with Zamfara State and is approximately 5 kilometers from the Faskari Local Government headquarters. The village is located close to the Nigerian Army Super Camp established by Brigadier General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for ‘Operation Sahel Sanity,’ aimed at restoring peace in the North-West region, including Niger State.

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A resident informed Channels Television on a phone call on Tuesday that the criminals killed six people in Yar Nasarawa village alone and set eight vehicles ablaze.

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“At Yar Nasarawa village alone, six people were killed, and eight vehicles were set ablaze. One of the victims has just been buried this (Tuesday) morning in accordance with Islamic rites,” the source mentioned.

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It was gathered that an unspecified number of people were kidnapped, and several others were injured in the attack, while six shops, including grain stores, and motorcycles belonging to the residents were also set ablaze.

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Another resident reported that a similar attack was carried out in Madogara village in the same local government area by another group of bandits who rustled animals.

Meanwhile, the Katsina State Police Command has confirmed that six people were killed, and 10 others were wounded as a result of the attack.

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The hoodlums reportedly set three houses and 10 vehicles ablaze. The spokesperson for the state, Abubakar Aliyu, in a statement on Tuesday, noted that the Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Musa, had deployed the state’s tactical, operational, and intelligence units to the scene, currently combing the surrounding bushes for the possible arrest of the perpetrators for diligent prosecution.

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