Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney – RTR4V0ZX
15 people were killed in Faskari and Sabuwa Local Government Areas, in Katsina State, in a deadly attack by armed bandits who stormed some communities in the 2 Councils on Thursday.
The bandits were said to have attacked Unguwar Gizo, Maigora, Mai Ruwa, and Sabon Layin Galadima, in Faskari Local Government Area, as well as Machika town in Sabuwa Local Government Area.
Eyewitnesses who spoke, said that the bandits stormed the communities at about midnight on Thursday, and carried out the attacks till early Friday.
It was learnt that residents of the communities attempted to repel the attacks which actually led to the fatalities, and 15 people were reportedly killed in the attack, while an unspecified number of cattle were also said to have been rustled.
The Spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, while commenting on the incident, put the figures of those killed at 13, however.
His words: “Yes it is true; 13 people were killed.
“We keep telling people, especially those at the frontline, to avoid confrontation with these bandits, because they are armed with AK guns, and you cannot fight them with dane guns and machetes.
“They came to rustle animals, and the villagers confronted them, which made the bandits to attack.”