No fewer than 19 persons have been reportedly killed at Tsauwa village, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was gathered that the bandits stormed the village around 11.30 p.m on Monday and operated till the early hours of Tuesday.
It was learnt that on arrival at the village, the bandits started shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the death of the victims.
One of the residents, who pleaded anonymity, noted that the bandits also shot at those fleeing the village for safety in neighbouring communities.
The resident said, “When they (the bandits) came, they started shooting and pursuing people who were trying to escape and those attempting to escape into the forest.
“As at last count, they killed 19 persons and we buried them this morning (Tuesday) while those injured have been taken to hospital for treatment.”
The bandits also reportedly set fire on many houses and grains reserves while they also allegedly cart away valuables and domestic animals.
When contacted, the Spokesman for the Katsina police command, Gambo Isah, said he was already in contact with the DPO for the area to get details of the incident.
Katsina, despite being the home state of President Buhari, has witnessed sporadic attacks by bandits and kidnappers that have claimed the lives of many.
July 1, five days ago, three young men have been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Danmusa Local Government Area of the state.
According to a vigilante in Yantumaki, the gunmen shot at a Golf 3 commercial car travelling from the community to Danmusa on Sunday night, killing two men identified as Sulaiman and Nura Dogon Gida, in the process.
Over 700 people have been reportedly killed by the gunmen in Jibia, Kankara, Dutsinma, Musawa, Danmusa and Safana local government areas of the state in the last five months.
On December 11, 2020, some bandits kidnapped 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara. They were released about a week later.
Also on December 19, 84 Islamiyya students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta village, Dandume Local Government Area of the state were abducted but rescued shortly after.