No fewer than 15 farmers were on Monday killed by bandits at Yar Gamji village in the Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, oyogist.com reports.
Residents said the farmers were working on their farms when the bandits swooped on them around 10am and killed them.
It was further learnt that the bandits arrived at the farms on motorcycles and carried out the attack for about one hour.
The residents said they sent distress calls to security operatives who subsequently mobilised to repel the bandits.
The bandits were reported to have retreated to the forest after a shootout with security men.
The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident.
He said, “About 15 persons were killed in the attack. The bandits, numbering over 200, came on motorcycles armed with AK-47 rifles, shooting and killing the farmers.
“At present our people are on ground and I am expecting a detailed report on their confrontation with the bandits.”
Recall that another set of bandits had on Friday and Saturday struck in Batsari and Matazu local government areas, killing two and abducting six persons, including the All Progressives Congress chairman in Matazu LGA, Alhaji Yushau Dissi.