By Zubairu Idris
Terrorists in Katsina State have killed 41 members of local vigilance groups, popularly known as “Yansakai”, who were on mission to recover rustled cattle and sheep of one Alhaji Muntari in an ambush by in Yargoje forest of the state.
The slain vigilante operatives were from 11 villages in Bakori local government of the state, Katsina Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah said in a statement on Friday.
According to the police spokesperson, the vigilante operatives had gathered themselves from the 11 local government to go and recover 50 cows and 30 sheep stolen from the residence of one Alhaji Muntari at Unguwar Audu Gare, Kandarawa, Bakori Local Government by the terrorists last Wednesday.
But he said though the vilgilante operatives were able to trace the path of the terrorists in the forest, they were ambushed by the criminals who shoot 41 of them dead and injured two others.
The Police spokesperson said, “On Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 at about 22:00 hours, terrorists in their numbers, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles, attacked the house of one Alhaji Muntari at Unguwar Audu Gare, Kandarawa, Bakori Local Government, and rustled 50 cows and 30 sheep.
“Subsequently, on Feb. 2, at about 10:00 hours, Yansakai groups from 11 villages in Bakori local government regrouped and went after the terrorists with a view to recover the rustled. animals.
“They traced the footpaths of the hoodlums to a location at Yargoje forest, unfortunately, the terrorists planned and launched a coordinated ambush on the Yansakai.
“The hoodlums shot and killed 41 Yansakai and wounded two others,” he said.
Isah said that the Area Commander in Malumfashi, led a team of policemen to the scene and evacuated the corpses and injured persons to Kankara General Hospital.
The command spokesman said that a joint security operation was ongoing to arrest the culprits and bring them to book.