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Bandits kill one, abduct dozens in Katsina

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Suspected bandits have on Sunday night shot and killed a middle-aged man, Yasir Usman, in Tsauri local government area of Katsina state.

Similarly, bandits in their numbers on the same day abducted dozens of people traveling along the Jibia-Batsari road in the state.

The Tsauri incident which took place at 7.34 pm, occurred when dozens of armed bandits stormed the community, shooting sporadically to scare residents.

They were said to have ransacked several homes and taken away money and other valuables and shot Usman at close range before leaving the area.

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That same night, relations of the victim were said to have rushed the victim to the Orthopedic Hospital in the state metropolitan area for treatment.

But Usman was said to have succumbed to the injuries sustained, and he died early Monday morning.

He was later buried after his burial rites were carried out at the GRA, Goriba Housing Estate, according to Islamic injunction.
Also, dozens of suspected bandits on Sunday night blocked the Jibia-Batsari road where they abducted several people traveling in two vehicles.

Unconfirmed reports had put the figure of those abducted at 40, even as sources were divided over the actual number of those kidnapped.

The state, which had been enjoying relative peace following government dialogue with bandits, had witnessed recent surge in security challenges.

Such challenges were posed by bandits, who often perpetuate their nefarious activities through abductions, rustling and raiding of communities.

The police command has however confirmed both incidents in a statement issued to newsmen yesterday by its spokesman, SP Gambo Isah.

Elaborating on the abducted persons, the statement said, at about 6 pm on Sunday, “bandits numbering over 60 armed with AK47 rifles blocked Jibia – Batsari road.”

It added that the incident occurred at Ruma village in Batsari council area after the bandits “forcefully stopped two J5 motor vehicles and took the occupants of the vehicles into the bush.

“Search party led by Operation Puff Adder went after the hoodlums but succeeded in rescuing all the victims with the exception of seven others.”

The statement identified the abducted victims to include, Maazu Yasore, 80, Alhaji Nuhu, 45, Labor Hashimu, 37, Dan-Asibi Tela, 50, Sani Kokari, 70, Nura Shambal, 45, and Ali Dan-Maituwo, 65.

“The police in collaboration with community members are combing the bush with a view to rescue the remaining seven persons not seen,” the statement added.

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