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20 killed and dozens kidnapped as bandits open fire on Maulud celebration in Katsina



No fewer than 20 people were killed and dozens of others abducted as bandits launched an attack during a Maulud celebration, in Kusa, Musawa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The assailants stormed the festive gathering around 11:05 p.m., unleashing chaos and terror by opening fire on the Maulud attendees, causing casualties and severe injuries.

According to a vigilant eyewitness speaking to Vanguard, the attackers surrounded the venue, leaving 20 individuals dead, and many more were forcibly taken captive.

“The aftermath of the attack left 20 lifeless bodies in the community. Several individuals were also forcefully taken captive by the assailants, and their whereabouts are currently unknown,” the source said

Confirming the distressing incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abubakar Sadiq Aliyu, acknowledged the bandit attack during the Maulud procession.

He reported that the assailants wounded 18 individuals, with two succumbing to their injuries after medical treatment. ASP Sadiq assured ongoing investigations to arrest the perpetrators and ensure justice for the heinous act.

Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that the Nigerian army, operating under 81 Division, has prevented a suicide attempt by a woman identified as Mrs. Francesca Spark from killing herself after she jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.

The Army made this known in a statement released on Monday morning by the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni.

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Ayeni noted that the woman plunged into the lagoon around 81 Division Officers’ Mess, Marina Lagos.

“The troops of 65 Battalion NA deployed at the Officers’ Mess, who sighted Mrs Spark quickly used their military riverine skills and ingenuity to rescue her. She was given first aid and stabilized by the battalion medical team. After stabilization, the family was contacted and she was handed over to her husband, one Mr Spark Oghene Ovie residing at Awoyaya Lagos,” the statement partly read.

The General Officer Commanding of the 81 Division, Major General Muhammed Takuti Usman, commended the soldiers for being observant and for their ingenuity, courage, and gallantry.

The GOC said he is pleased that soldiers brought their training in disaster management to bear in such a critical situation that could have claimed the life of a fellow citizen.

Maj Gen Usman emphasised the significance of military operations conducted during emergencies or natural disasters.

He confirmed that troops have undergone extensive training to provide support to leading agencies in times of crisis.

He also assured residents of the army’s dedication to safeguarding the well-being and assets of local residents, particularly in times of crisis.

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