22 killed, others injured in fresh Katsina state attack
Terrorists said to be celebrating the wedding of one of their kingpins known as Mai Katifar Mutuwa, who married a second wife, invaded Majifa, a community in Kankara Local Government of Kastina State and killed twenty-two residents.
Penpushing reports that sources in the community disclosed that in the course of the attack several other people were also wounded during a violent incident said to have occurred on Saturday at about 4pm
The Kastina State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isa, confirmed the attack but said as at the time of filing this report the command was still gathering details of what happened, stressing that the report was still sketchy.
“Yes, there was an attack at Majifa. We learnt some group of bandits from Zamfara, came for a celebration and later attacked Majifa village. We also learnt there was some cattle rustling. But the report is still sketchy. I will revert as soon as I get full details’, Isa said.
Penpushing further reports that a community source, a resident of Dan Marke said contrary to what some people are saying, the terrorists attacked only one community adding that other casualties were residents of some neighbouring villages who went to help the residents of Majifa.
“Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, we saw motorcycles passing towards Lamba forest which is not far from Majifa. Later we discovered that it was Mai Katifar Mutuwa who was getting married to a Fulani lady in one of the hamlets inside Lamba forest’, the source said
“You know when they do ceremonies, they normally get excited. So, they entered Majifa and started shooting sporadically and vigilante members in the area tried to defend the community’, the resident stated.
Penpushing also reports that the source explained that the terrorists did not abduct any resident, but killed 17 people and wounded others in Majifa alone, which include vigilante members coming from other communities: Danmarke, Gurbi, Makera, Unguwar Sale and Dan Mangoro.
The source said the terrorists divided themselves and launched the violent attacks on those coming into Majifa to help, while another local source said he counted 17 injured residents at the General Hospital in Kankara.
“Some of the people who helped police and other vigilante members to bring the wounded people to the hospital said the number of those killed and those wounded could increase because others were still in the forest’, the source added.
Penpushing reports that the Senator-elect representing Katsina Central, Abdulaziz Yar’adua, in reaction to the ugly development through his twitter page condemned the attack and commiserated with the bereaved families
“My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the 23 innocent villagers who lost their lives in the recent bandit attack in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State. This heinous act is a reminder of the continued security challenges we face in our beloved state and country’, he wrote.
‘I join all well-meaning Nigerians in condemning this act of cowardice and I call on the relevant authorities to intensify efforts in ensuring the safety and security of all citizens. May the souls of the departed rest in peace, and may Allah grant their families the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss’, he stated.
‘My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the 23 innocent villagers who lost their lives in the recent bandit attack in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State. This heinous act is a reminder of the continued security’,Yaradua said
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