21 killed, 40 abducted in Niger communities

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Some gunmen have attacked four communities Shiroro council area of Niger State, killing 21 and abducting about 40, it was learnt on Tuesday.

Sources said over 100 bandits attacked Kurebe, Sabon Gida, Sararai and Rafin Kanya at different times on evening.

Many were injured the , The Nation learnt.

The gunmen reportedly came on motorcycles, shooting the air, and causing panic the communities.

An eyewitness said, “The gunmen seem to know who they were looking for. It was very terrible. I sustained an injury in legs.”

Police spokesman Wasiu Abiodun did not return calls to his cell , nor did he reply text messages seeking clarification on the attacks.

He said the government had a strategy to end the incessant bandit attacks.

Co-convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Yusuf Kokki also confirmed the , saying it was a bad day in Shiroro local government area.

The Kaduna State Government said on Tuesday three were killed in separate attacks by suspected bandits in Lere and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of the state.Mr Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, who made the disclosure in a statement in Kaduna, said the incident happened on .

Aruwan said the military, under the auspices of Safe Haven (OPSH), had reported an by armed bandits at Warsa Piti, in Mariri District of Lere local government area.

“Quoting an eyewitness, the military stated the attackers numbering about six, who masked themselves and dressed in black, invaded the community on night and began shooting sporadically.

He lamented that have continued to have a field day in the council sacking the communities with gusto and crass impunity.

Kokki said the ceaseless attacks have sent many homes.