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Bandits kill 19 villagers, burn houses in fresh Katsina attack


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No fewer than nineteen villagers have been reportedly killed late Monday night as bandits invaded the Tsauwa village, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

According to The PUNCH, the bandits stormed the village around 11.30 p.m and operated till the early hours of Tuesday, destroying houses before carting away valuables.

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Reports revealed that the assailants shot indiscriminately to announce their arrival in the village, resulting in the death of the victims.

One of the residents who pleaded not to be mentioned further revealed that the bandits even shot at those fleeing the village to neighbouring communities.

The resident said, “When they (the bandits) came, they started shooting and pursuing people who were trying to escape and those attempting to escape into the forest.

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“As at last count, they killed 19 persons and we buried them this morning (Tuesday) while those wounded have been taken to the hospital for treatment.”

The bandits also reportedly set fire on many houses and grains’ reserves while they also allegedly cart away valuables and domestic animals.

When contacted, the Spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, said he was already in contact with the DPO for the area to get details of the incident.

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