Nine feared dead as gunmen raid Katsina village
Charles Nwoke, Katsina, Nigeria
January 28, 2021
Attack by gunmen on Wednesday night, at Unguwar Sarki, Shema village in Faskari Local Government Area Council of Katsina State have reportedly claimed nine lives and dozens of others injured.
The unknown gunmen, suspected to be bandits, raided the community at about 11 pm and operated in a very scary manner into the early hours of Thursday morning.
According to a resident of the area who pleaded anonymity, eight adults were among the persons murdered in cold blood during the attack.
He said that the hoodlums equally wounded scores of people, and carted away livestock and household items, including money and foodstuffs.
It was gathered that the deceased would be buried Thursday morning, while the injured have been relocated to a hospital for immediate and proper medical attention and treatment.
Another source in the area who does not want his name mentioned disclosed that there were serious concerns that the number of people killed may be more than nine, as the whereabouts of several members of the community were still unknown to them.
“We are still conducting headcount of the community members, and from what we have so far, there are concerns that more people may have lost their lives following the incident,” he said.
“We are combing the forests nearby with the hope of finding those unaccounted for. Many people that fled had run into the forest, but we hope those alive will come out soon and reunited with their loved ones.”
The source, however, added that security personnel had been deployed to the place to forestall further breakdown of law and order, even as some residents are said to have fled the community for the council’s headquarters for safety reasons.
As at the time of filing this report, SP Gambo Isah, Katsina State Police Command’s Spokesman, was yet to respond to questions sent across to him on the issue at stake.