Armed bandits have killed two villagers, kidnapped 18 women and seven babies in Katsina, the police command in the state says.
The attack occurred at Kitibawa in Dutsinma LGA.
“The fact of the case was that on September 15, 2021, bandits in their numbers on foot, shooting sporadically with AK-47 rifles, attacked Kitibawa village in Dutsinma LGA. The bandits killed two villagers, set some shops ablaze, and kidnapped 18 women with their seven babies,” said Gambo Isah, the command’s spokesperson, in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The police officer added, “On receipt of the report, Area Commander Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, led a team of policemen to the area, blocked the bandits, and engaged them in a gun duel.”
According to him, the bandits fled during the shootout with gunshot wounds.
“In the course of profiling the scene, two women were rescued, and 60 sheep, 34 cows, and one donkey were recovered,” he revealed.
The police said they later arrested two suspected bandits, two informants and also rescued 10 kidnap victims.
“On September 20, 2021, the command succeeded in arresting a 30-year-old man from Sabon Garin Faguwa, Dutsinma local government area (LGA), who was residing in the forest,” the police explained. “He is a notorious bandit commander under the command of Sani Muhidinge, who has been on the wanted list of the police. And also, we arrested another notorious bandit, a 22-year-old man of Mai Gezoji, Tashar Mai Alewa, Danmusa LGA.”
Mr Isah added that the command also arrested a 45-year-old man from Tashar Mai-Alewa, Danmusa LGA, suspected to be an informer and supplier to bandits.
The police revealed that another man, aged 34, of the same address, a health worker suspected of offering medical treatment to bandits, was arrested.
“The suspects confessed to the commission of the offence, and investigation is still ongoing,” the police statement noted.