A community invasion by bandits has led to at least 21 deaths in Katsina State villages.

According to reports, 19 people were killed at Tsauwa village in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state on Monday evening.

Witnesses said the invaders stormed the village at 11.30pm and operated till early hours of Tuesday.

A witness said the invaders shot at everyone in their range in the Tsauwa village attack.

The resident said, “When they (the bandits) came, they started shooting and pursuing people who were trying to escape to other communities and those attempting to escape into the forest.

“As at last count, they killed 19 persons and we buried them this morning ( Tuesday), while those wounded have been taken to hospital for treatment.”

Houses and livestocks were also burnt and raided in the attack, according to sources.

The spokesperson for the Katsina State Police command, Gambo Isah , said dialogue has begun with divisional police officer for the area to investigate the incident.

An invasion had reportedly occurred on Sunday morning with the bandits killing two and three others sustained injuries while working on their farms at Ajiya and Yasore villages in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The invasions occurred concurrently according to reports.

The gunmen also reportedly rustled 35 cows belonging to one of the victims at Yasore village.

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