From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
At least 30 persons have been killed in a fresh attack launched by suspected armed bandits in Tsanwa and Dankar villages of Batsari Local Government Areas, Katsina State.
Report from residents of the villages, indicated that the suspected bandits, numbering about 50 on motorcycles launched the fresh attack on the villages over the weekend, which rendered many of them homeless.
They claimed that the attack on the villages forced hundreds of residents to flee their ancestral homes to Batsari, the headquarters of Batsari local government area.
While the bandits met stiff resistance in Dankar from the security operatives and residents, the residents claimed that they had a field day in Tsanwa where they sacked the villages, destroyed and looted shops and rustled an unspecified numbers of cattle.
“The victims were mostly women, children and the elderly people who could not run during the invasion, as those who survived the attack were leaving the villages,” they added.
Speaking on the attack, the Ward Head of Tsanwa, Salisu Lawal confirmed the attack, saying the bandits invaded the area when they were observing Magrib prayer.
He said: “We were observing Magrib when the bandits riding on motorcycles laid siege on our village and started shooting sporadically. They killed 23, injured some people and rustled many of our cattle including sheep and goats.
Addressing journalists in Tsanwa village, the Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba said the bandits killed 30 persons in Tsauwa and Dankar villages.
He said the bandits “killed 21 people in Tsauwa village and nine at Dankar. When I got the information, myself in conjunction with the army, we mobilised our officers and laid siege on the communities.
“You can see the terrain is very far and there is no network but that notwithstanding we were able to come and engage them to some extents they get scared and left.
“Before our men could come, the bandits set some houses ablaze in a selected manner. I don’t know what informed this ungodly act. Whatever may be the reason, it is bad and sad.”
The state police boss, however, vowed to fish out the perpetrators of the attack, saying the state government had contributed immensely in tackling insecurity in the state.