Nine traders have been reportedly killed by bandits along Jibia/Batsari Road in Katsina State.
It was gathered that the traders were returning to their community from a local market in Jibia when they ran into the gunmen around 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2024.
According to Punch, the traders were being conveyed in two vehicles which the gunmen also burnt.
“The traders left the market early enough after their trading on Sunday only for them to run into the gunmen between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. along the Jibia/ Batsari Road,” a resident told the publication on Monday.
The resident said the gunmen shot into the two vehicles conveying the traders, killing one of the drivers and the traders on the spot.
Some residents who spoke with the publication further disclosed that sympathisers later deposited corpses of the victims at the Jibia General Hospital where their relatives picked them on Monday morning
The numbers of traders wounded in the accident and those abducted could not be ascertained as of Monday afternoon.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Nasiru Muazu, and the spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, had yet to react to the incident.