At least 30 people have been killed in a fresh attack on two villages by armed gunmen in Katsina. Sources disclose that the gunmen came in motorbikes. Equally important, the development was confirmed by the Katsina Police Command on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Meanwhile, eye-witness accounts of the incident indicate that 21 people were burnt to death. Also, nine villagers were shot dead on Friday evening. The deaths were recorded in the villages of Dankar and Tsauwa. Additionally, the assailants reportedly ransacked the villages and left with food and livestock.
Commissioner of Police, Katsina State, Sanusi Buba who confirmed the death toll; discloed that the Police had deployed operatives to the villages affected. Further, he revealed that the military had also been notified. In addition, he affirmed that investigations were underway into the incident; even as he promised that the perpetrators will be brought to book.
Meanwhile, a source disclosed to 1st News that the dreaded Islamist group; Boko Haram, may have been responsible for the attack.
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The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, submitted that the attack had imprints of Boko Haram; who he claimed had been known to resort to such attacks on the civilian populace and unguarded villages. Specifically, the source disclosed that such attacks were basically aimed at replenishing their food and other essential supplies.
Friday’s attack in Katsina continues a growing pattern of killings targeted at communities in the North. Most of these killings have been attributed to armed herdsmen or bandits. However, the possibility of Boko Haram being responsible, as highlighted by our source, remains underplayed.
In addition to the conflicts between farmers and armed herdsmen in the North; Nigeria is also battling a decade-long insurgency by Boko Haram against the Nigerian government.