Armed bandits, Wednesday morning, attacked Magama community of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing a divisional police officer, A. Rano, and three others.
It was gathered that the bandits laid siege to the area for three hours, despite resistance by security agents and vigilante members.
According to a Premium Times report, a source at the community, Mustapha Danye, said the bandits were in the village to kidnap the family of a businessman in Magama Jibia.
He said: “The bandits stormed Magama Jibia in the night (morning of Wednesday) around 3 a.m. and went straight to the residence of Alhaji Lauwali Magama to kidnap his family.
“They abducted the wife of the businessman and their daughter but their neighbours alerted the police who mobilised vigilante members and soldiers to the area.
“The bandits came in a large group and positioned themselves in strategic areas of Magama, which helped them to ambush the DPO,” he told the newspaper.
Gambo Isa, the state police command spokesperson in Katsina, confirmed the killing of the police officer.