KATSINA - There is palpable tension and fear in President Muhammadu Buhari home state, Katsina, as armed bandits are reportedly surround Kasai Village in Batsari Local Government Area of the state in preparation to launch an attack on the community.
A source, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said the assailants arrived the village, forcing many residents to flee for safety into nearby bushes.
NEWS FLAKES NG reports that the source said there is panic and tension in the area, adding that a detachment of soldiers drafted to the area had been notified of the development.
The attackers were said to have raided Barkin Gulbi Village earlier in the day where a man was burnt to death.
Bandits attack Katsina communities again, kill seven
Bandits have allegedly killed seven persons in another round of attacks in Kasai and Nahuta villages in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
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Residents said the attacks were carried out Friday night when people in the two communities were about observing prayers.
A resident of a nearby community, Kurmiyal who identified himself as Sama’ila Lihidda, said the suspected bandits stormed the two communities on motorcycles, armed with weapons.
He said they were just shooting at every available object, adding that many residents escaped to the nearby communities while some passed the night inside the bush.
Lihidda revealed, “Upon their arrival on motorcycles, the bandits armed with guns, opened fire, shooting indiscriminately at any available object. Many people fled to nearby communities while some slept inside the bush that night.
“In Kasai community alone, two persons were killed and five killed in Nahuta community with several others injured.”
Katsina Governor, Aminu Masari
NEWS FLAKES NG reports that the Spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, said he should be given time to clarify the development from the DPO, Batsari, and promised to get back.
The Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Masari on security, Ahmad Katsina could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathered that the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd), on Wednesday led a five-member federal government team to a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Masari over the current killings in the state.
Others at the meeting which was held for almost two hours at the Government House, Katsina were the Inspector -General of Police, Muhammad Adamu; the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Alhaji Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; the Director-General of Department of State Security Services (DSS) Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi and the chief of Defense Intelligence Agency, Air Vice Marshal MS Usman.
Youths in Katsina and in other parts of the state including Yantumaki, Yankara, and Yangaya, have recently staged protests against the killings in the state.
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