Unknown gunmen have reportedly attacked communities in Gurmana Ward, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, hours after bandits kidnapped 42 persons, including 27 students from a government school in Kagara area of the state.
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Daily Trust reports that Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko and other adjoining villages were invaded by armed men, who operated unchallenged for hours.
The newspaper quotes co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Yusuf Kokki, as saying that some residents were killed in the attacks.
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“Countless deadly attacks have become daily occurrences thereby compelling the affected victims to live at the mercy of hydra-headed monsters. Defenceless, unarmed and peaceful locals have been abandoned to their fate,” Kokki said in a statement.
However, the police command has not confirmed the attacks.
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President Muhammadu Buhari had directed security agencies to ensure the immediate release of the Kagara victims, following their abduction.
Niger has been experiencing incessant attacks by bandits, resulting in killings and kidnappings.