No fewer than seven persons were feared dead during a clash involving Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) members and some bandits in TsamiyarJino village in Kankara local government area of Katsina state.
Spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, Superintendent Gambo Isa, confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday.
He said contrary to reports online that 35 persons died, only seven were confirmed dead, The Nation reports.
Isa said: Civilian JTF popularly known as Yansakai (volunteers) went into the forest to fight the bandits against the warnings of Police not to do so.
The bandits overpowered them because of possession of superior weapons and vast knowledge of the terrain better than the JTF.
Isa however assured residents that the newly-deployed IGP special squad against banditry and kidnapping in the state will soon catch up with the bandits.
Source: The Tide Newspaper Coporation