No fewer than five mobile policemen and three civilians were reportedly killed by armed men suspected to be bandits in Gatakawa community, Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
A security source stated that the incident happened at about 5:35pm on Wednesday, July 20, when the terrorists numbering over 300 stormed the community.
The bandits who started shooting sporadically to scare the residents wielded automatic weapons and rode on motorcycles.
According to the source, they went from house to house carting away anything of value, including money and food, and several residents were also injured during the attack, particularly those who attempted to flee.
He said residents have been apprehensive following the attack, and that some persons have relocated to the neighbouring communities for fear of another attack.
The Spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed that the police officers were said to be on special duty from Kano state.
He stated: “true, five policemen from Kano on special duty at Kankara and three villagers of Gatakawa were killed.”