The Katsina State Police Command says 41 persons were killed following an ambush by gunmen at Yargoje forest in the state.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah, who disclosed this in a statement said the incident occurred on Thursday, February 2, 2023.
Isah said the gunmen invaded the home of one Alhaji Muntari in Kandarawa, Bakori Local Government Area of the state and stole 80 animals.
According to the PPRO, members of the proscribed vigilante group, Yansakai, from 11 villages in Bakori LGA, while attempting to retrieve the stolen animals, trailed the gunmen but ran into an ambush.
On Wednesday, 1/02/2023 at about 2200hrs, terrorists in their numbers, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles, attacked the house of one Alhaji Muntari, at Unguwar Audu Gare, Kandarawa, Bakori LGA, and rustled fifty (50) cows and thirty (30) sheep, the statement read.
“Subsequently, on Thursday, 2/02/2023, at about 10:00hrs, Yansakai outlawed group, from eleven (11) villages from Bakori LGA, regrouped and went after the terrorists with a view to recover the rustled domestic animals. They traced the footpath of the hoodlums to a location at Yargoje forest. Unfortunately, the terrorists planned and launched a coordinated ambush on the Yansakai.
The hoodlums shot and killed forty-one (41) Yansakai and wounded two (2). Area commander, Malumfashi, led a team of Police men to the scene and recovered the corpses and injured to Kankara General, Hospital. A joint security operations is currently ongoing with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book. Investigation is ongoing.