More than 20 persons are feared killed and scores of others wounded as bandits attacked four communities in Katsina State. The affected communities are Tsabuwa in Batsari Local Government Area and Gurbi and two others in Kankara Local Government Area.

According to the residents, three of the attacks occurred in the early hours of Thursday and those of Tsabuwa started on Wednesday night and lasted till Thursday morning.

It was learnt that in Gurbi, 17 bandits lost their lives to superior firepower of security agents and many others were injured. Four residents of the community were, however, killed by the marauding group. The bodies of five of those killed were ferried from Gurbi to the Kankara Police station. In Tsabuwa, some people were also reportedly killed and others injured during the attacks. The exact number of victims was being debated at press time.

It was the same situation in the two other communities in Kankara, where the attackers were said to have killed some residents, looted property and set some houses ablaze. The police, in a statement issued to reporters on Thursday by the spokesman of the state command, SP Gambo Isah, said the bandits who stormed Gurbi, armed with AK47 rifles, were resisted shortly after they began the attacks.

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