With a rising spate of crimes and killings in Nigeria, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, Katsina, has not been spared as bandits in a fresh attack killed 10 people.

The bandits at the weekend attacked Kirtawa village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing 10 people and injuring five others.

The spokesman for the state police command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the violent attack, adding that five vehicles and four motorcycles were set ablaze with an unspecified number of cows were also rustled.

According to Isah, the bandits about numbering 300 rode on motorcycles into the village attacked villagers and laid ambush on security operatives.

According to him, teams of Operations Puff Adder and Sharan-Daji moved to the area and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel.  

He said: “In the process, the hoodlums shot the tires of the police armoured personnel vehicle, injured a soldier and one civil defence officer. At the time the combined ground forces were mobilized into the village, the hoodlums had already operated and escaped into the forest.  

“It is ostensibly clear that it was a reprisal carried out by the hoodlums against the community. Joint security forces have been deployed to the area to arrest the situation, pursue and arrest the fleeing hoodlums.”

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