- Not less than 17 persons have been killed in Rijau local government area of Niger state
- The villagers were killed by suspected bandits after they stormed Dukku community
- The deceased were mostly members of the local vigilante group who attempted to combat the gunmen
A report by Channels TV indicates that not less than 17 people were killed by suspected bandits at Dukku community in Rijau local government area of Niger state.
According to eyewitnesses, at about 7 pm on Wednesday, September 2, the gunmen stormed the community and went on to attack a bank at Kagara in Rafi local government area.
It was gathered that the unknown gunmen for several hours laid ambush on the community before unleashing mayhem, killing mostly members of the community's local vigilante group who tried to combat them.
Speaking to the news publication via telephone, a resident of Dukku said that the bandits with sophisticated weapons, numbering over 120 stormed the community on bikes.
Muhammed Sani Idris, the commissioner of information and strategy, while confirming the incident, in a telephone conversation with the newspaper said the casualty figure of the people killed was yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, Niger state police commissioner Adamu Usman confirmed the killing of 11 people in an attack at Kagara on Wednesday, September 2.
Usman who gave the confirmation shortly after visiting the area said six of the attackers were killed during the incident by policemen.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that gunmen numbering over 70 invaded Kagara town, the headquarters of Rafi local government area of Niger state.
The gunmen stormed the town on motorcycles, shooting sporadically as residents scampered for safety. It was also learnt that residents abandoned the town into a nearby bush.
The state has been recently embroiled in violence just as many parts of the country grapple with security challenges.
In a related development, about 11 people lost their lives in another attack by unknown gunmen at Ungwar Gankon village in Zango Kataf and Maro village, Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna state between Monday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 19.
Though the attack has not yet been confirmed by the police, Elias Manza, the chairman of Zango Kataf local government, said the attack was revenge by suspected Fulani militia.
Manza went on to note that the Fulani militia had invaded Ungwan Gankon on Tuesday night, August 18, shooting sporadically. They killed two people in the process and left many others injured.
The chairman also said that the gunmen burned at least eight houses while villagers have fled from the community over the fear of a reprisal attack.
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