By Ismail Auwal
The Katsina State Police Command has announced the killing of six bandits in two different communities across the state.
In a media briefing, the state command spokesperson, Gambo Isah, stated that their operatives had also recovered 86 cows and 101 sheep and goats rustled by the bandits.
He noted that the police were notified of an attack on a village in Dutsinma LGA, where bandits were said to have rustled domestic animals.
“On May 17, 2022, a distress call was received that terrorists in their numbers attacked Dantakiri village, Dutsinma LGA, and rustled unspecified number of domestic animals,” Isah said.
According to the statement the Area Commander, Dutsinma led teams of policemen and vigilante and blocked the terrorists at Mararabar-Sayaya, Matazu LGA.
“The teams engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel, neutralised six terrorists, and recovered 86 cows and 101 sheep and goats.”
Isah also disclosed that one AK-47 rifle was also recovered from the bandits.
He also noted that it’s suspected that some of the terrorists have escaped from the scene with gunshot wounds.”
“Search parties are still combing the nearby bushes with a view to arresting the injured terrorists and/or recover their dead bodies and their operational weapons.”
He also said on the same day, the police received a distress call that terrorists, armed with rifles, attacked the farm of Lawal Mani, a retired assistant inspector-general of police, at Dabaibayawa village and stole animals.
“The officer-in-charge of the anti-kidnapping unit, DPOs of Batagarawa and Batsari were alerted to pursue and block the hoodlums as they were moving towards Rugu forest with the rustled animals,” he said.
He confirmed that the team was successful in intercepting them in Kandawa village, Batsari LGA.
“The team engaged the terrorists in a fierce gun duel and succeeded not only in repelling them but also in recovering all the rustled domestic animals, comprising 24 cows and 141 goats and sheep. Investigation is ongoing.”
He also said the command arrested a suspect who confessed to have taken part in various attacks on villages in Safana LGA of the state.