No fewer than fifteen farmers have been killed by bandits who attacked Yar Gamji village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
According to locals in the community, the victims were killed while working on their various farmlands on Monday.
A spokesperson for the state police command, Gambo Isah, also confirmed the incident.
He explained that the bandits pursued the farmers to the forest, shooting and killing them.
“The bandits numbering over 200 came on motorcycles armed with AK 47 rifles pursuing them (the farmers) even to the forest, shooting and killing them.
“A mop up after revealed the 15 corpses. At present, our people are on ground and I am expecting a detailed report on their confrontation with the bandits,” he added.
The attack comes few hours after the Nigerian Army flagged off ‘Exercise Sahel Sanity’ to mitigate the spate of insecurity in the northwestern states of the country.
The exercise was launched in Faskari, one of the front-line Local Government Areas of Katsina, the exercise is aimed at restoring peace in the regions.