Reports from Katsina, north west Nigeria indicate that at least 40 residents of the state have been killed in a fresh attacks by armed bandits. The rampaging bandits struck at Kadisau village in Faskari local government area of the state on Tuesday. Witnesses said the attackers went from house to house killing anyone in sight and setting buildings on fire.
Many of the villagers have since fled to Funta town with many sustaining gun injuries.
According to Gambo Isah, spokesman of the Katsina police command who confirmed reports of the attacks, the bandits opened fire on the residents who confronted them.
In his words, “we received a report that armed bandits numbering over 200 attacked Kadisau village of Faskari LGA but were met by fierce resistance from youths of the community.”
He went further to report that the bandits went into the the community with the intention of stealing food items and other materials from the villagers. Isah claimed that 14 residents were killed while 26 were admitted in the hospital. He added that four more persons who were receiving treatment at the general hospital in Funtua died hours later.
Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari has come under relentless attacks by criminals in the last few weeks and on Tuesday, residents took to the streets, burning a campaign billboard belonging to the president.