World Bulletin / News Desk
As many as 106 were feared killed in a spate of attacks by gunmen, believed to be cattle rustlers, on several villages in Nigeria’s northwestern Katsina State.
“The gunmen who rode on motorcycles invaded many villages leaving more than 100 people dead,” Ismail Goma, a 24-year-old local resident of Sabon Layin Galadima village, told Anadolu Agency when reached by phone Thursday.
He said the militants had attacked the villages of Maraba Maigora, Kurar, Sabon Layin Galadima and Unguwar Doka in the Faskari local council area of the state.
“Twenty-four people were killed in my home town while numerous houses were burnt,” Goma asserted. “As a matter of, many of the dead are women and children.”
He said 40 deaths were recorded in Maraba Maigora, seven in Kurar and eight in Unguwar Doka.
“We heard that 27 others were killed in some other villages,” Goma added.
Uthman Kuntu, a resident of Kurar village, corroborated Goma’s figure regarding his village.
“The attackers said they were retaliating for the extra judicial killing of some of them by the security agencies who, they claimed, were acting based on information from people of Faskari council,” he told AA.
“They killed seven people in my village,” Kuntu asserted.
Police spokesman Aminu Abubakar confirmed the attacks across Faskari.
“The state command has deployed many of our colleagues to the areas affected,” he said in a telephone interview with AA.
“We can only get to know of the actual casualties when they return,” added Abubakar, declining to confirm or deny the causality figures given by the locals.
Katsina State has never experienced any attacks linked to the dreaded Boko Haram group, although its neighboring Kano State has had its share of terrorist attacks.