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Terrorists Murder Village Head, Army Officer, 18 Others In Katsina Village

Terrorists in Katsina State, northwestern Nigeria have burned down Diskuru village of Dandume Local Government and killed no fewer than 20 residents, including women, children, and an army officer.

The terrorists who stormed the village on the morning of Thursday, October 29, destroyed over 60 houses, wounded and abducted several others.

Among the villagers killed was the village head Alhaji Sama’ila Hussaini, a 12-year old boy, Sanusi Sani, and two little girls Hanafiya Dauda and Asiya Maikara.

Others include Bishir Auwal (36), Anas Dan-yaya (29), Sule Dan-Yaya (27), Aminu Bala (40), Nura Abashe (36), Mai-‘Kaura Amadu (68), and Sa’idu Kurma Surajo (40).

The women who lost their lives include Zaytu Dan-yaya (36), Nana Sagiru (20), Abu Dauda (25) and Sahu Mai kara (20).

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, SP Isah Gambo has confirmed the attack but put the number of the dead at 12.

According to the residents, all the abducted people were successfully brought back home after engagements with the terrorists.

Terrorists Murder Village Head, Army Officer, 18 Others In Katsina Village

An indigene of Dandume Local Government of Katsina State told HumAngle that terrorists in the local government kidnap residents on a daily basis, including overnight attacks.

Dandume is one of the local governments in Katsina State that continue to see different sorts of criminalities by terrorists who challenge the security apparatus deployed to restrict them.

The residents of Dandume lamented that although police officers are called to counter the daily attacks, they don’t show up when the terrorists are carrying out the operations.

In June 2020, the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari blamed informants who support the terrorists in spite of insecurity in the local government.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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