Twenty one persons were killed on Thursday as suspected bandits stormed Gurbi village in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident.

Eyewitnesses said the bandits stormed the village about 3am on motorcycles, armed with AK-47 rifles, shot at the villagers and killed some in the process.

It was further learnt that the bandits rustled some animals during the raid.

The witnesses said   vigilantes had taken on the bandits before a police team joined them in repelling the bandits.

Seventeen bandits were reportedly killed in the gun duel that followed while some of them (suspected bandits) reportedly sustained injuries.

Isah said, “Today, being 27/02/2020, about 03:00hrs, a distress call was received that bandits in their numbers armed with AK-47 rifles stormed Gurbi village in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, killed four persons and rustled a large number of domestic animals after they received a fierce resistance by the local vigilante group.

“Consequent upon which the Commissioner of Police, Katsina State Command, Sanusi Buba, directed the DPO Kankara Division to lead Operation Puff Adder in collaboration with Vigilante group to the scene.

“The bandits were engaged in a shootout along with some vigilantes.  The team succeeded and killed 17 suspected bandits and recovered 80 cows, 180 sheep and a donkey from the hoodlums.

He added, “During the attack, bandits killed one Alhaji Sanusi, m, of Yar-Bakaje; Akilu Isuhu, m, of Bawa Gidan Mai Ruwa; Nana Husaini, f, aged 25yrs of Unguwar Farin Dutse, Gurbi village; and  Muntari Sama’ila, m, aged 30yrs of Gidan Korau village, all in the Kankara LGA of Katsina State while three other persons sustained injuries.”

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