Bakkai community in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State came under fierce attacks from bandits on in the early hours of Sunday morning. Nine persons are reported to have lost their lives in the attack.
This is coming as air strikes carried out by fighter jets of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole yesterday killed many fighters of terrorist group, Boko Haram and destroyed many structures of the group in Warshale, northern Borno State.
Sources within the community said the bandits had earlier threatened to attack the community through an open letter, which made the villagers to invite vigilante officials for protection.
They said the bandits on arrival, shot sporadically, overpowered the vigilante officials and killed the victims on the spot.
The hoodlums also injured many other residents during the deadly invasion and rustled unspecified number of animals.
The deceased have since been buried.
Several communities in the north west region have witnessed relentless attacks from bandits in the last few months leading to protests in Katsina a fortnight ago during which campaign billboards of Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president and a native of the state was set on fire.
Many residents of the affected communities have since fled their homes.