Report information suggests that the death toll from an attack by bandits in Kankara local government area of Katsina State has risen to 102.
Those killed, including members of the local vigilante, are from communities under Guga, Kakumi, Kandarawa and Jargaba wards of Bakori local government area, one of the areas worst hit by the gory activities of terrorists in the state, Leadership reported.
Already, the bloody attack that claimed scores of lives has left the communities in great anguish and fear since, as many are still praying fervently for the return of their missing loved once.
The community leader of Guga, Mahadi Guga, who confirmed the burial of 72 bodies retrieved from the bush, told Leadership that the attack claimed about 102 lives.
Guga said, “We independently have about 102 numbers of people that were affected in our community, but the actual figure that people will tell you is 72, which we have buried with our hands. There are those who are still missing.
“We are now in great fear and tension since the incident happened. We are more vulnerable than ever. The government came and sympathised with us as usual and promised to investigate the matter”.
The community leader further urged the government to rise to its responsibility of protecting lives and property of the people, especially those living in the rural area.
He proposed that if need be, the government should dialogue with the bandits and the communities for lasting peace in the area.
Since the Katsina Police Command confirmed the death of 41 there has not been any further update on the attack despite efforts made to get the police spokesman, Gambo Isah, to speak.
A state government delegation led by the secretary to the state government, Muntali Lawal, visited the affected communities and condole with the families of the victims and their community leaders over the ugly incident
The delegation also visited some affected villages and assured the families of the state government’s commitment to conduct a thorough investigation on the matter.
It also promised to set up a committee, with two representatives from each of the affected communities, to work out plans on how relief materials would be distributed to families of the victims.
Meanwhile, at the presidential rally of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Katsina, a prayer section was observed for the deceased persons who lost their lives in the clash.
Both President Muhammadu Buhari and APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, commiserated with families of the victims, assuring to continue the fight against banditry until normalcy returns to the state and country at large.