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Six killed, several abducted as bandits attack Katsina village

The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

At least six people have reportedly been killed while several others were abducted after bandits on Sunday evening raided Unguwar Samanja village in Faskari local government area of Katsina state.

Sources at neighbouring Daudawa said the bandits arrived in the village at 5:49 p.m. as residents were preparing for the prayers.

Faskari local government area has suffered many bandit attacks. It is one of the 13 local government areas in Katsina state where telecom services have been cut.

A civil society organisation in Daudawa had cried out that despite the security measures taken by the state government, the Faskari local government area has remained under attack.

Nasir Hassan, a resident of Daudawa, said the attackers rode into the village on motorcycles minutes before dawn prayer and started shooting sporadically.

“From what I gathered, five people were confirmed dead after the attack and they have been buried today (Monday) morning”, he said.

Mr Hassan, who is a student of a tertiary institution in Zamfara state, said the attackers also abducted several people but he has not ascertained their number.

“They also burnt down houses and shops before leaving the village. I was told that they did not loot the shops, they only burnt them”, he added.

However, another resident of Daudawa, Auwal Liman, said the number of those killed had risen to six, including another person killed on the outskirts of the village, who was reportedly from the Unguwar Labbo community.

Bahisulhaq Alhassan, a student in Faskari, said one of those killed was his friend. “His name is Jaafar Kabir and he was killed on his way to Daudawa from Unguwar Samanja”, he added.

The Katsina state police command has not issued any statement on the incident.

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