Protest as bandits kill over 10 in Katsina

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More than 10 people were feared killed on Wednesday evening by bandits who attacked four communities in two local government areas of Katsina State.

It was learnt that dozens of the armed bandits who rode on motorcycles stormed the communities in Danmusa and Kankara council areas to commit the crime.

The Guardian learnt that the bandits first attacked Unguwar Nagwade community where they killed four people, then proceeded to Unguwar Rabo where they killed nine persons and later moved to Gidan Daji where they killed two residents, all in Kankara council area.

The same bandits stormed Danmusa council area where they attacked traders at a market in Maidabino community. Sources said more than a dozen people were killed and others injured while trying to flee for safety.

Some of those injured have been rushed to hospitals in Dutsinma for treatment.

In protest, dozens of angry residents of Kankara and Danmusa councils yesterday stormed the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, with bodies of 10 of the victims of the attacks.

Some of the protesters who wept bitterly expressed anger over the incessant killings, urging the government to stop the attacks. They lamented that most of their people who depend on farming were afraid to go to their farms because bandits could attack them at any time.

The emir, along with several other traditional leaders who received the protesters, sympathised with them, assuring the people that the government was doing everything within its ability to address the challenges posed by insecurity in the state. The bodies of the victims were later taken to the Dan Takum graveyard, which is a few meters away from the palace, for burial.

A few weeks ago, there was a similar incident when angry residents stormed the emir’s palace with bodies of 12 persons killed by bandits in Batsari council area.

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