On 21 June, police authorities in Katsina State said the attacks on the police station and Bank PHB building in Kankara the previous day, in which seven people were killed, was carried out by armed bandits and not members of the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Abubakar Mohammed, the bandits numbering about 10, killed seven people – five policemen and two civilians – and stole all the money from the day’s transactions at the Bank PHB branch, an amount yet to be ascertained. He said the corpses of those killed had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital in Katsina.
He said the police was working on measures to bring the perpetuators to book and avert further occurrences. Already, the police has found a vehicle allegedly abandoned by the bandits which may be a useful lead towards tracking them down.
The PRO particularly appealed to members of the public to assist the police with relevant information on any strangers or any unusual developments they see around them.