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Seven Youngsters Killed In Stampede, Others Injured As Residents Flee From Bandits In Katsina

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Seven Youngsters Killed In Stampede, Others Injured As Residents Flee From Bandits In Katsina

As many as seven kids have been reported killed in a stampede of residents fleeing from bandits in Shimfida, Jibia Native Authorities Space of Katsina State.

The incident occurred Thursday morning, a number of hours after troopers serving in a joint safety process pressure had been withdrawn from the group, residents advised PREMIUM TIMES.

The troopers had been stationed at Authorities Secondary Faculty, Shimfida, about 27 Kilometres from Jibia city, the native council headquarters, till their withdrawal on Thursday.

Kabir Haruna, the councillor for Shimfida ward within the native council, advised PREMIUM TIMES that the troopers had been within the city for about eight years.

He stated their presence had supplied the group a way of safety from assault by bandits, thus the residents feared that the withdrawal of the troopers on Thursday had abruptly made the group weak.

Their worry gave the impression to be confirmed once they heard volleys of gunshots within the surrounding hills.

A frontrunner of a civil society organisation within the state, Muntari TBO, advised PREMIUM TIMES that the lethal stampede was triggered by the sounds of the gunshots, with the residents believing the bandits had launched an assault.

It was later came upon that the bandits had been solely celebrating the exit of the troopers from the world, a resident later stated after the city had been abandoned.

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Mr TBO stated the army and authorities didn’t inform the group forward of the withdrawal of the troopers.

Bara’u Muhammad, an indigene of Shimfida, residing in Jibia city, stated over 1000 girls and kids fleeing Shimfida had arrived in Jibia city by Thursday afternoon.

“They’re taking refuge at Tashar Furera in Pilot Major Faculty, Jibia. Others have crossed to the neighbouring Niger Republic through Gurbin Baure group,” Mr Muhammad stated, confirming that Shimfida had been abandoned.

He stated lots of the fleeing residents trekked to Jibia from Shimfida.

Mr Muhammad stated the stays of the seven kids had been buried Thursday night in Jibia, whereas the injured individuals from the stampede had been in hospital in Jibia.

“The councillor for Shimfida ward joined locals in funeral prayers in Jibia for the seven kids who died from the stampede,” Mr Muhammad added.

The identified telephone contact of the police spokesperson in Katsina, Gambo Isah, didn’t join as of Thursday night when the reporter tried to achieve him to touch upon the incident.

Jibia is without doubt one of the 13 frontline native authorities areas in Katsina State for banditry assaults. Final 12 months, the state authorities minimize telecommunications networks within the space amongst different measures to examine the actions of armed felony teams.

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