The bandits at Yar Ganji in the Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina killed about 15 Farmers on Monday
Residents said the farmers were working on their farms when the bandits swooped on them around 10am and killed them.
Bandits arrived the farms on motorcycles and carried out the attack for about one hour.
The residents said they sent distress calls to security operatives who subsequently mobilized to repel the bandits.
The bandits were reported to have retreated to the forest after a shootout with security men.
The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident.
“About 15 persons were killed in the attack. The bandits, numbering over 200, came on motorcycles armed with AK-47 rifles, shooting and killing the farmers.
“At present our people are on ground and I am expecting a detailed report on their confrontation with the bandits.”