Bandits killed 12 villagers and injured 6 persons in Duba community in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State on Saturday night. Batsari, which is renowned as hotbed of banditry attacks in Katsina, also shares proximity with the dreaded Rugu Forest.
It is one of the 10 frontline LGAs in Katsina prone to armed banditry. Katsina Police Command confirmed the incident.
The Command Spokesman, Isa Gambo, told newsmen in Katsina, Sunday afternoon that bandits, numbering over 300 armed with General Purpose Machine Guns, RPGs including Anti Aircraft, invaded the community around 8.45 pm on Saturday.
He said: ”The bandits had upon their arrival at the Duba community started shooting sporadically into the air after which they looted a number of shops and rustled some domestic animals belonging to the Residents”
”As a result of the attack, twelve people were killed while six injured.”
He further disclosed the joint Military, Police and Air Force operations are ongoing to neutralize the bandits. A resident of the area, Malam Aminu Batsari, also confirmed the incident to The Nation, funeral prayers have just been concluded for the deceased. He also stated the injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
Source: The Nation
Many dead, one injured in Kaduna attack
Many persons are feared dead, with one person injured following an attack by unidentified persons in Ungwan Dooh (Mado) village of Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State. Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, said in a statement on Sunday.
He said the attack was reported to the Kaduna State Government by troops of Operation Safe Haven, who responded to distress calls and mobilized to the area.
According to him, the assailants fled on sighting the troops. Nine corpses have been recovered so far following a search of the village. The deceased were identified as:
Moses Dangana, Mary Dangana, Jummai Dangana, Jerry James, Happy James, Endurance Stephen, Comfort Emmanuel, Jummai Tanko and Mary Clement.
“One resident, Magdalene Dangoma, sustained gunshot injuries and is receiving treatment in hospital. Two houses were razed in the attack. “
“The troops of Operation Safe Haven also rescued 12 persons who were fleeing from the attackers. Those rescued were: Patrick Chandon, Joseph Agbon, Polymer Joseph, Amos Francis, Keziah Amos, Linda Jonathan, Asabe Jonathan, Jonathan James, Lamin Yohanna, Titi Emmanuel, Patricia Michael and Jetral Bala.
Troops are still carrying out search and rescue operations and will make public the exact number of casualties.
Acting Governor Dr Hadiza Balarabe received the reports with sadness and condemned the recent spate of devastating attacks in the area. She prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and sent condolences to their families. The Acting Governor wished the injured resident a quick recovery and urged security agencies to sustain diligent investigations into the attack.
Troops are working in the area and the public will be updated on further developments.
4-year-old girl mauled to death by two pit bulls in South Africa
A 4-year-old girl, Banele Shelembe, has been attacked and killed by two pit bulls in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Shelembe from the Mvundlweni area at KwaMnyandu, Elandskop was with three older children when the dogs from the area attacked her on Wednesday afternoon, August 18.
Speaking to The Witness on Friday, Banele’s mother Jabu Mncibi, narrated how she watched helplessly as her daughter was mauled to death by the dogs.
“I heard the children that Banele went to the store with screaming and shouting that my baby had been attacked by the dogs. One grabbed her by the neck and the other on the leg. I couldn’t do anything and I pleaded for help as I watched my baby being dragged. She died on the spot,” said Mncibi wiping her tears.
Confirming the incident, Plessislaer police spokesperson, Sifiso Gwala, said an inquest case has been opened. “The pit bulls were taken by SPCA (National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). People who have dogs must make sure that their homes are properly fenced and also that they are kept on a leash.” he stated.
Source: Linda Ikeji