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Bandit ambush leaves four dead, eight abducted in Katsina



A wave of terror struck Katsina State as merciless bandits, armed with sophisticated weaponry, including AK-47 rifles, descended upon unsuspecting farmers.

In a heart-wrenching assault that unfolded in the Nahuta and Dantsuntu communities of the Batsari Local Government Area, the bandits left a trail of devastation, claiming four lives and abducting eight others.

Eyewitnesses, recounting the horror, described how the bandits surrounded the area on Saturday evening, catching the farmers off guard as they toiled on their farmlands. With ruthless efficiency, the attackers, armed with the deadly AK-47 rifles, unleashed chaos, firing indiscriminately and operating under the cover of darkness until the early hours of Sunday.

The nightmare in Katsina State has plunged the affected communities into grief and fear, with the locals grappling with the harsh reality of life in the crosshairs of escalating banditry. Batsari, a frontline local government area, has become a hotspot for such brutal attacks, making it increasingly challenging for residents to access their farmlands—their sole source of livelihood.

As the news reverberates through the region, the Katsina Police Command’s spokesman confirmed the harrowing incident on Monday. Despite the grim toll, he assured the public that the police are actively addressing the situation. In a glimmer of hope, five people have been successfully rescued, providing a ray of light in the midst of the darkness that has befallen the community.

The violence in North-West Nigeria continues to escalate, rooted in the longstanding conflict between nomadic herders and settled farmers. What began as a territorial dispute has mutated into a broader criminal landscape, marked by ruthless attacks, mass abductions for ransom, and a relentless cycle of reprisals. As the people of Katsina grapple with the aftermath of this latest atrocity, the nation watches with bated breath, haunted by the specter of escalating violence in the region.

Bolaji Farinloye

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