Residents blame telecom shutdown as bandits kill six, others missing in Katsina

Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Friday attacked Gwarjo village, in the Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State, during which they killed six people and nine others injured.

According to PUNCH, residents identified the deceased as Abdu Bahillace, Ali Niga, Bello Yusuf, Dan Ulli, Samia Ayya and Abdullahi Ulli.

The gunmen were also said to have injured nine others, identified as Lawal Muhammed, Abubakar Sada, Muhammed Sani, Isyaku Yahaya, Muawiya Dogon, Gambo Arasi, Buhari Mamman, Ibrahim Garba and Mamuda Yahaya.

It was gathered that while the deceased villagers were buried on Saturday, some residents could not be accounted for as of Sunday.

The telecommunications shutdown in the community was said to have prevented residents from seeking assistance from neighbouring communities and security operatives.

The gunmen, who arrived in the village around 9pm and shot indiscriminately, reportedly operated till the early hours of Saturday.

Efforts to get the reactions of the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Ahmad Katsina, proved abortive, PUNCH reports.

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