At least 18 people were killed in the attack on Yargamji village. A self-defense militia from another village reportedly repelled the bandits by chasing them into a forest. Residents fear that additional people were also killed in subsequent clashes. Unconfirmed reports allege that the gunmen attacked the villages for monetary gain and have no known ideological agenda.
A heightened security presence and additional similar attacks are likely in Katsina state over the coming weeks.
Katsina state has experienced a string of violent attacks in recent months, leading to hundreds of deaths, despite efforts to quell the violence.
Individuals in Katsina state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and home governments.
Copyright and Disclaimer