Bandits storm Katsina village, abduct over 50 residents

Over 50 residents of Ruwan Godiya village of Faskari local government area of Katsina state have been abducted in a fresh attack, according to sources.

A resident, who pleaded anonymity, said the bandits came on over 60 motorcycles and started shooting sporadically.

He said they operated unchallenged for over two hours.

The resident alleged that there were over 20 military personnel in the village when the incident happened but they did not make any attempt to repel the attackers.

“Even before they came, we heard about their plan to attack and we informed security personnel, but unfortunately they came around 7:30pm and they were there in the town for over two hours.”

“They injured three persons but none was killed. However, they abducted over 50 people after looting some valuables, including clothing materials,” he said.

Another resident alleged that soldiers who came from Sheme side of the LGA saw the attackers crossing over the road with the kidnapped persons, but they did not make any attempt to rescue them.

This comes a day after gunmen stormed Yandaka market in Batsari local government were they were reported to have swept all the domestic animals brought to the market for sale.

On Wednesday, bandits launched a deadly attack on Illela village and environs, resulting in the deaths of at least 12 people.

On Sunday, the Emir of Katsina told Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that he and Governor Bello Masari do not sleep with both eyes closed because of insecurity.


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