Terrorists have killed five police officers and three civilians in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The incident, which occurred at Gatikawa village at about 6:30 pm Wednesday, was said to have been carried out by more than 300 terrorists.
The terrorists were said to have stormed the community riding on motorcycles, and armed with AK-47 rifles, among other weapons.
They were said to have operated for more than an hour, moving from house to house to loot food items, money and other valuables.
Several people in the community were said to have sustained injuries when the terrorists attacked, with some of them said to have been hospitalized and receiving treatment.
A source from the area had initially told reporters that a mobile policeman and five civilians were those killed by the terrorists during the attack.
However, spokesman for the Police Command in the State, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident on Thursday afternoon, said eight persons were killed during the attack.
Isah said the victims include five policemen and three civilians, and that the policemen killed were on special duty to the area from Kano State.
Isah said the attack was carried out by more than 300 terrorists who were armed with sophisticated weapons.
“The terrorists were over 300 and were fully armed. The five policemen are from Kano on special duty to Gatikawa.
“The terrorists attacked them at 6:45 pm. The terrorists also killed three civilians. Investigation is ongoing,” he added.
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