JUST IN: Bandits attack Katsina; kidnap women, traditional rulers

Bandits have on Tuesday night attacked two communities in Batsari and Kurfi Local Government Areas of Katsina State, kidnapping four persons, two women, and traditional rulers, WAR has learned.

Karare Village in Batsari and Barkiya in Kurfi Local Government Areas were the communities that came under attack.

Local sources say that the bandits kidnapped Magajin Garin Barkiya, a traditional village head.

The bandits later moved to attack Karare, where they kidnapped two women, cart away cows and food items.

Mr. Mustapha Ruma, a resident, explained that the bandits numbering about 20 evaded the community on Tuesday night on motorcycles with all kinds of dangerous weapons.

He narrated that the bandits carried out deadly attacks while they kidnapped Ciroma Ahmadu Karare and his 20-year-old daughter.

Ruma explained that the bandit took away the district head’s telephone and gave him a new one with SIM card, pointing out they told him that was to enable them to communicate with him and negotiate a ransom for his kidnapped daughter.

Another local source disclosed that a 23-year-old nursing mother was also kidnapped by the bandits.

Local sources said they are worried over the frequent attacks with casualties at Batsari local government area despite the presence of the military men.

Some of the locals say many residents have been forced to move out of their homes because they fear they may be killed by the bandits.

WAR could not immediately reach out to the Katsina state police command for a response.


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