Many people are believed to be dead after gunmen attacked five communities in Katsina State’s Batsari Local Government Area.

The attack is said to have started on Tuesday evening and lasted until early Wednesday morning, November 10. Hundreds of homes, including government buildings and vehicles, were reported to have been set ablaze.

The exact number of people injured or killed in the attack is still unknown. According to the Daily Trust, an eyewitness said:

“The gunmen sporadically fired into the air to register their presence before going from house to house, looting victims of valuables and harassing residents in each of the communities invaded.”

Those who were injured were said to have been attempting to flee from the gunmen.

Hon. Jabir Yauyau, a member of the Katsina State House of Assembly who represents Batsari, told the publication that he had heard about the unfortunate incidents but was still gathering information.

Due to the lack of a telecommunication network in the area, Yauyau said that details of what happened would be difficult to obtain for the time being.

“It is confirmed that the attack occurred,” he said, “but the number of casualties and the extent of the damage caused are unknown at this time, particularly due to the lack of a mobile network in the area.”

“I’ve been told that the majority of those killed were children. I recognize them as people I know, but I need to double-check.

“I’m trying to figure out what happened because I’m going to move a motion in the house on matters of public importance, but I need the facts.”