Nigeria: Terror Strikes Katsina: Bandits’ Deadly Assault During Ramadan Prayers

Nigeria: Terror Strikes Katsina: Bandits’ Deadly Assault During Ramadan Prayers

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a harrowing incident that shook the tranquility of Mairua community in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, two worshippers were mercilessly killed, and a woman along with her daughter were abducted during the sacred observance of Ramadan prayers. Musa Faskari, the Chairman of the Faskari Local Government Area, confirmed these tragic events, shedding light on the brutality that unfolded during Tarawih prayers on a fateful Saturday night.

According to Faskari’s account to the BBC Hausa Service, the assailants barged into the home of Alhaji Lado Mairua, demanding his compliance. When he bravely refused, they callously gunned him down in cold blood. The horror did not end there as a neighbor who arrived on a motorcycle witnessed the brutal act and was also ruthlessly slain by the attackers.

Tragically, the attack also resulted in the abduction of Alhaji Lado Mairua’s wife and their 15-year-old daughter, adding further anguish to an already devastating ordeal. This was not the first time such tragedy befell the family, with Faskari lamenting that it marked the second abduction of Alhaji Lado Mairua’s wife by the bandits, underscoring the perpetual terror inflicted upon the residents of Faskari.

The despicable audacity of the bandits was further underscored by their earlier assault on Malalai village, where they callously claimed two lives and abducted two women. Additionally, a soldier fell victim to their violence in Ruwan Godiya on the same tragic day, highlighting the widespread devastation wrought by their reign of terror.

Faskari’s impassioned plea to the Federal Government for intervention underscores the dire situation faced by the residents, who find themselves besieged by the relentless onslaught of banditry. He emphasized the urgent need for decisive action, asserting that unless the security forces proactively engage the bandits and dismantle their strongholds, the cycle of violence and despair will continue unabated.

The chilling accounts of bloodshed and abduction serve as a stark reminder of the profound insecurity plaguing communities across the region, necessitating swift and resolute measures to stem the tide of terror. As the residents of Faskari grapple with the aftermath of this heinous attack, their plea for assistance resonates as a poignant call to action, compelling authorities to confront the scourge of banditry with unwavering determination and resolve.

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