Twenty-two people have been killed in Zangon-Kankara and Makera villages in Kankara local government area of Katsina state following an attack by suspected bandits.
Residents who reported the attack say 18 people were killed in Zangon while four others were slaughtered in Makera.
Witnesses also reported that an unconfirmed number of women were abducted by the attackers.
The resident said the attackers had written letters to the villagers ahead of the attack, warning them that they would strike.
“The bandits had attacked Zangon earlier on Sunday and they came back on Thursday around 8pm. They wrote letters to the village that they were coming to attack but nothing was done. Several people were killed in the attack, while many of our women were abducted,” he said.
“Our people fled the town when the bandits attacked them. Police came nine hours later. Even with the presence of security operatives in the villages as we speak, people are leaving in droves.”