- Gunmen reportedly attacked four communities in Niger state
- The gunmen carted away foodstuff and petroleum product
- Although no lives were lost, about 1200 residents were displayed from their homes
There is fear in Niger state following an attack carried out by gunmen forcing about 1200 residents to flee.
Channels TV reports that the attacks were carried out on Gyaramiya, Bataron Jatau and Bataron Waziri communities on Wednesday, October 9.
An eyewitness said the armed men carted away valuables from the communities which included food stuff and petroleum products.
Although no one was killed in the attack, it was reported that the gunmen threatened the residents and asked them to relocate to Alawa town.
Ibrahim Salihu who is the district head of Alawa confirmed the incident. He asked the state to come to their aid saying 1200 displaced people were looking for food and shelter.
Meanwhile, nine soldiers were reportedly killed by armed bandits in an area of the northwest wracked by cattle rustling and kidnappings.
The development was disclosed by military and civilian sources on Monday, October 7, Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the sources stated that a military post in the remote village of Sunke, Zamfara state was invaded by dozens of gunmen on motorcycles on Thursday, October 3.
A senior military officer in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reportedly stated: “We lost nine soldiers. Investigations are ongoing to unravel what really happened.”
According to residents, the troops were attacked by the bandits in retaliation for the killing of their comrades following a military raid on their camps in a forest nearby.
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