Bandits kill 1, kidnap women, children


Bandits late Tuesday night, stormed Batsari LGA of Katsina State, killed Mallam Hassan Bako-zago and took possession of several children and women from the town.

An eyewitness said that the bandits who were in large number announced their entry into Batsari town around 10.30pm by shooting sporadically into the air before eventually abducting scores of their victims.

Our correspondent gathered from sources that the notorious bandits whisked away over 20 children and women to their hideouts at the wee hour of the night.

The spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo confirmed the report of the attack and the killing of Alhaji Haasan but cast doubt on whether people were abducted.

“It is true they killed one Alhaji Hassan.

” We cannot ascertain whether they abducted people or not and if they abducted them, they (residents) should have come up with the names,” he said.

State Assembly lawmaker, representing Batsari constituency, Hon. Jabiru Yusuf Yau-yau, equally confirmed the development.

” They killed one Mallam Hassan Bako-zago and kidnapped many other people. As we speak, we are trying to ascertain the actual number of those kidnapped but they are many.”

The State lawmaker urged the combined team of military and police troop operating in the area to work towards rescuing those abducted by the bandits.

Recall that during the just concluded Ramadan fast, a team of policemen returning from duty were ambushed and one of them was killed by the notorious bandits operating in Batsari Local Government axis.

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