At least seven people were slain by suspected bandits in the Karfi hamlet of Kano State’s Takai Local Government Area.
According to residents, the gunmen kidnapped the community’s leader and injured three others.
Abdullahi Kiyawa, a police spokesperson in Kano, told reporters that security operatives had been rushed to the area and were following the culprits.
According to an eyewitness, Sale Hussaini, the gun-wielding individuals launched the attack on Saturday at 11 p.m. and went straight to the traditional ruler’s residence.
Abdul-Hayatu Ilu was the village chief, he said. He claimed that one of the seven people killed was the abducted traditional ruler’s neighbor, who was shot after raising an alert.
Five others were killed at Tudun Makama, a neighbouring community, where locals rushed towards the bandits after one of their motorcycles was involved in an accident.
It was gathered that the locals were gunned down while rushing to help the gunmen whom they mistook for law-abiding citizens.
He identified those killed as Tasi’u Birniyo, Ali Yahaya, Hashimu Amo, Sadiq Hussaini, Ahmadu Danlanbu, Bala Audu and Shu’aibu Agwar-maji.