Eyewitnesses told Channels Televisionon Saturday that the bandits stormed the villages in large number on motorcycles and armed with guns while locals were taking the evening prayers and started shooting sporadically.
Batsari remains one ofthe eight front-line LGAs and danger zones in Katsina where bandits terrorise innocent citizens.
Despite the peace deal initiative ofthe Aminu Masari administration, kidnapping for ransom and banditry have persisted as pockets of attacks were recorded in some localgovernment areas.
During a visit to the affected villages, the areas were deserted with most ofthe houses and livestock burned into ashes by the bandits.
Following the attacks, thepolice said they have arrested some suspects while more personnel have been deployed in the affected villages.
The killings come five months after thestategovernor, Aminu Masari, commenced a peace dialogue and reconciliation initiative with commanders of various bandits groups terrorising residents in the front-line LGAs.
Thegovernment had said the initiative was to restore normalcy and ensure sustainable peace in the affected communities.