Insecurity: Terrorists continue onslaught in Katsina

Abduct children, gun down parents

Terrorists have continued to make life a hell for residents of Katsina State, staging multiple attacks across the State in the last 72 hours.

In attacks between Thursday and Saturday, some children were abducted while their parents were killed. On Saturday night, terrorists numbering about 20 reportedly invaded Bakori communities, where they abducted seven family members of one Muntari Samuru, who was inflicted with a machete cut. 

The attack, according to one Mohammed Sani, was carried out at about 8:15 pm when most people were observing Isha’i prayers, at the residence of the victim behind Bakori Comprehensive Hospital. Before the attack, terrorists killed one Hamisu Barebari and abducted seven people, including women. According to a resident, Umar Barebari, “The terrorists were lurking in the nearby farms before they struck one woman on her way to grind corn in Bakori; they pounced on her and killed her. Three of the seven abducted people managed to escape back home”.

On Thursday night, the marauders stormed Kurami village, along Funtua-Bakori road, at about 8:00 pm and went away with three children. The father of one of the victims, Umar Kurami, said the bandits reluctantly spared him but went away with his child. “It was like a dream when bandits pointed guns at me in my house, demanding money; when they realised that I had no money, they walked me out alongside my child but later asked me to go and source the ransom payment for the release of my child”, he narrated.

In Danja LGA, bandits on Friday simultaneously attacked Majema and Tashar-Gero villages, in Tandama area, and killed one Isah Majema and abducted three children of one Alhaji Wada. Villages and hamlets in Danja, Bakori and Funtua are living in palpable fear, according to sources. Tension sets in due to the constant attacks from 6:00 pm up to 4:00 am.

The State’s Police Command’s Public Relations Officer in Katsina, Gambo Isah, was unavailable for comments at the time of filing this report.

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