Suspected armed bandits, on Monday, in Yar Gamji village, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, attacked and killed 15 farmers.
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Residents said the farmers were working on their farms, when the bandits swooped on them around 10.00am and killed them.
It was further learnt that the bandits arrived at the farms on motorcycles and carried out the attack for about one hour.
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The residents said they sent distress calls to security operatives, who subsequently mobilised to repel the bandits.
The bandits were reported to have retreated to the forest after a shootout with security men.
SP Gambo Isah, spokesman for the Katsina police command, confirmed the incident.
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He said: “About 15 persons were killed in the attack. The bandits, numbering over 200, came on motorcycles armed with AK-47 rifles, shooting and killing the farmers.
“At present our people are on ground and I am expecting a detailed report on their confrontation with the bandits.”
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Another set of bandits had on Friday and Saturday, struck in Batsari and Matazu local government areas, killing two and abducting six persons, including the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Matazu LGA, Yushau Dissi.