Katsina Nigeria- Tsauwa Village, in Batsari Local Government area of Katsina State, was attacked by armed bandits, killing 21 persons mostly women & children.
The attack occurred on Friday late evening at around 6:30pm and lasted for almost two hours. According to eye witnesses, the bandits came with over 200 motorcycles and opened fire on the villagers.
Burnt corpses of women and children were seen all around the community.
Alh Akilu, a 40yr old resident of Tsauwa said “We just saw people with guns surrounding us & started shooting at us sporadically”
Alh Akilu whose Grand Daughter was burnt alive together with her mother.
This attack came just two weeks after the state government banned motorcycle movements from 7pm to curtail the insecurity menace posed by the incessant banditry attacks.
A community vigilante, name withheld, narrated to Cliqq TV on how the incidence occurred.
“We were about to start praying, when we heard gunshots, I ran home to carry my gun (locally made) which I couldn’t because the bandits had already blocked all access to my house. I ran back to the forest and met another gang of armed bandits with guns, they started shooting at me”.
He added that “I felt down until a friend of mine came to my rescue with his gun”.
He confirmed to us that the bandits spent almost 2hours in the village, killing 21 persons, burnt down houses, livestock, food items and families alive.
According to the villagers, this was the first attack by armed bandits in the village of Tsauwa.
Looking tired, degenerated, and frustrated Cliqq TV observed most of the residents were migrating to the city of Katsina on foot as a result of the attack.
The Katsina State police command, led by the Commissioner of police CP Sanusi Buba, who visited Tsauwa and Dankar villages on an assessment visit.
He described the incidence as horrific and terrifying and vowed to bring to book those behind the attack.
Few kilometers away from Tsauwa village, Dankar community was also attacked simultaneous sly killing 9 persons.
Most of the houses when visited by Cliqq TV reporters were deserted.
At Tsauwa Village efforts were still being made on Saturday evening to bury some of the victim’s dead bodies.