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… As bandits storm Kaduna, Katsina states, kill 26

… Residents say bandits numbering over 300, with sophisticated weapons involved

… Joint security operatives handling situation — Police spokesman

… Warns residents of affected areas to stop taking laws into their hands

IT was a bloody weekend as Kaduna and Katsina States came under heavy attacks that led to the killing of 14 persons and 12 others in Kaduna and Katsina respectively. The incident took place in the Southern Kaduna area of Mado Village, Mabushi, in the Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State last Saturday night. It was gathered that some houses in the area were set ablaze during the late-night attack. Also, in a reprisal attack, a Fulani settlement in Kankada, Madakiya District in Bajju Chiefdom of the same LGA was reportedly burnt down the next day’s morning, being yesterday.

Speaking on the incident, Halima Haruna, a female resident of Kankada, who was rescued and taken to the Zonkwa Divisional Police Station, told journalists that the attackers surrounded their community in the early hours of yesterday. The woman, who is the wife of the Ardo of Kankada, said she saw two corpses, a man and woman, on her way to find somewhere to hide. “We were forced to run and hide somewhere while some of our people ran to the bush for their safety. “We don’t know what happened to them as I am speaking with you now, we spent three hours before the security arrived and took us to the Police Station here in Zonkwa. Our houses were totally razed.”

According to her, the attackers told them that they wanted to take revenge for what happened to them on Saturday night, somewhere around Samaru Kataf, which they knew nothing about. In the past one week, four villages in Atyap chiefdom have come under separate attacks, leading to the death of many residents, while many were injured and several houses burnt. Meanwhile, confirming the incidents to newsmen on Sunday, the spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Muhammed Jalige, said police operatives have been deployed to the attacked community. He called on the people of Zangon Kataf in particular and the people of southern Kaduna in general, to stop taking laws into their hands. In the Katsina incident, bandits who were said to number over 300 came at the late hours last Saturday in Duba community, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State where the 12 persons were killed and wounded six others.

The bandits were said to carry General Purpose Machine Guns, GPMGs, and Anti-Aircraft attacked the community at about 20:45 hours. In a telephone conversation, the State Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah yesterday confirmed the ugly development. “Bandits had upon their arrival at the Duba community started shooting sporadically into the air, after which they looted numerous shops and rustled some domestic animals belonging to the residents.

As a result of the attack, 12 people were killed while six injured.” Gambo Isah also stated that the joint Military, Police, and Air Force operation is on to contain the situation as the investigation is on towards arresting the perpetrators. A resident who spoke with our correspondent in Katsina said the victims’ funeral prayer has just been concluded as those who were wounded are taken to the hospital for medical attention. Batsari local government area shares boundaries with the dreaded Rugu Forest, and is one of the 10 frontlines LGAs in Katsina where armed bandits have been terrorizing the people.

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