Suspected bandits on Saturday evening killed 10 people and injured five in a fresh attack on Kirtawa village in Safana LGA of Katsina.
The suspected bandits also reportedly set ablaze five motor vehicles and four motorcycles during the attack, while they rustled cows.
Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Katsina Police Command also disclosed that a soldier and one personal of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps were injured.
The Command spokesperson, SP Gambo Isha stated that the bandits entered the village on motorcycles.
Isha said: “On 13/07/2019 at about 17:20hrs, a group of bandits numbering 300 on motorcycles armed with dangerous weapons invaded and attacked Kirtawa village, Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“DPO of Safana initially led teams of Operations Puff Adder and Sharan-Daji to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel.
“In the process, the hoodlums shot the tires of the Police Armoured Personnel Vehicle and injured one Army and one Civil Defence personnel.
“At the time the combined ground forces were mobilised into the village, the hoodlums had already operated and escaped into the forest.
“Ten persons were found dead, five injured, five motor vehicles and four motorcycles were set ablaze.
“An unspecified number of cows were also rustled by the hoodlums.
“It is ostensibly clear that it was a reprisal attack carried out by the hoodlums against the community.
“Joint security forces have been deployed to the area to arrest the situation, pursue and arrest the fleeing hoodlums.
“The Command commiserates with families of the deceased and the entire people of Katsina State over the unfortunate incident.”