At least six persons have been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Unguwar Samanja village, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Residents said the bandits stormed the village around 5:49 pm on Sunday when residents were preparing for prayer.
According to them, the bandits operated for many hours unchecked.
It was learnt that on arrival at the village on motorcycles, the gunmen started shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the death of the victims.
The gunmen also abducted a yet-to-be ascertained number of people.
Katsina, despite being the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari has witnessed sporadic attacks by bandits and kidnappers that have claimed the lives of many.
Over 700 people have been reportedly killed by the gunmen in Jibia, Kankara, Dutsinma, Musawa, Danmusa and Safana local government areas of the state in the last five months.
On December 11, 2020, some bandits kidnapped 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, while Buhari was on a visit to the state. They were released about a week later.
Also on December 19, 84 Islamiyya students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta village, in the Dandume Local Government Area of the state were abducted but rescued shortly after.