Bandits armed with dangerous and sophisticated weapons have unleashed terror on Duba Village of Batsari Local Government Area in Katsina State.
It was gathered that the marauding bandits numbering about 300, stormed the community late on Saturday night, looted houses and shops, leaving the residents without many of their belongings.
According to the community, not less than 20 persons met untimely death during the attack, with many others also injured.
Those killed during the unfortunate attack have been buried on Sunday according to Islamic rites, Naija News gathered.
However, the spokesman for the Katsina police command, SP Gambo Isah, while confirming the attack, disagreed with the villagers on the number of persons killed.
According to him, 12 people were killed during the incident while six others were injured.
Isah added that the bandits had escaped before the security team comprising police and military arrived in the area in response to the distress call.
In his words, “The bandits, numbering over 300 and armed with sophisticated weapons including GMP machine guns and Anti Aircraft launchers stormed the village (Duba) at 20.45 on Saturday. They ransacked houses and looted shops.
“They also killed twelve people and injured six others. The joint team of the police and the Military advanced to the village but the bandits had retreated to the forest by the time they arrived there. The team is still combing the forest with a view to finding the hoodlums.”
Meanwhile, unknown gunmen suspected to be bandit terrorists have killed at least fourteen people in a fresh attack at Mado village, Mabushi in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.
It was gathered that the terrorists also burnt down some houses in the attack that occurred on Saturday night.
The attack was confirmed by the Chairman, Atyap Chiefdom Peace and Security Partnership Committee, (ACPSPC), Mr John Bala Gora.