Gatakawa a community in Kankara Local government Area of Katsina state was attacked by Gunmen on Wednesday evening killing five police personnel and three civilian residents of the village.
The Spokesperson of the Katsina state police command confirmed the incident to journalists on Thursday evening.
He said the community was completely abandoned after the attack.
“They killed three of our elderly people in the area because they couldn’t run away from the bandits. They shot them dead,” he said.
He noted that apart from those that were killed , several residents were wounded during the attack and an unspecified number of domestic animals rustled.
He said several residents were wounded during the attack and an unspecified number of domestic animals rustled.
“We can’t say how many people have been wounded or even dead because most of us have not returned to the community but I was told that some of our people are in the hospital in Kankara town. Several people have not seen relatives and parents,” he said.
He said one of the police officers killed was a mobile police officer in the area.
The police spokesperson, Mr. Isa said the slain police officers were on special duty in the state and were just posted from neighboring Kano state. He added that an investigation into the killings is presently ongoing.
More than 300 gunmen attacked the community with assault weapons.
“The terrorists were over three hundred (300) and they were fully armed. The five policemen are from Kano State and they were on special duty at Gatikawa. The terrorists attacked them at 6.45 p.m.
The terrorists also killed three civilians. An investigation is already in progress over the matter by the Katsina State Police Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident,” he said.
The incessant attacks on Northern community in the country has led to the worse humanitarian crises in the country.
Terrorists have killed hundreds of farmers and have disrupted the lives of thousands of people.