Gunmen suspected to be bandits have early hours of today, Wednesday, killed seven persons and injured scores of others in a renewed attack on communities in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The attack, which occurred Tuesday evening and lasted into the early hours of Wednesday, still saw dozens of houses and vehicles set ablaze.
No less than five communities were said to have been struck by the armed men, while there were speculations also the death toll and number of those injured may rise.
It was learned that the gunmen stormed the neighborhoods in their scores, equipped with sophisticated weapons.
In each of the communities invaded, the gunmen were said to have fired sporadically into the air to register their presence before going from house to house, looting victims of valuables and harassing residents.
According to a source, “The bandits slaughtered seven persons, while it injured dozens of others during the attack.”
One of the victims killed by the gunmen, suspected to be a lawyer, Barr. Nura Hassan Wagine.
The source added that several of the victims were trying to escape from the onslaught of the marauding gunmen when they sustained injuries.
He also stated that there were fears the number of those slaughtered and injured could be higher, even as efforts were ongoing by community members to determine the extent of damage.
He added that details of what happened would be difficult to get for now, because of the lack of a mobile network in the area.
Furthermore, he, however, revealed that they would know later such details as some people whose communities were affected, have gone there from Katsina town to see things for themselves.
As at the time of filling in this report, spokesperson of the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, is yet to confirm the incident.