27 Killed, 40 Abducted As Bandits Attack Niger Communities


Bandits have invaded Kanyan and Sabon Gida communities in Kurebe Ward in Niger State, killing 27 residents, and injuring 20 others.

Eyewitnesses said that the bandits also abducted no fewer than 40 persons during the attack.

It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the communities around 1am on Tuesday to unleash their terror.

“The Kuta Internally Displaced Persons’ camp is currently filled up with displaced people as a result of the attack on the communities,” a source told SaharaReporters.

Niger State has lately been under the attack of bandits, killer herdsmen and even Boko Haram terrorists.

Last Thursday, there was tension in Bassa, Kukoki communities in the Shiroro Local Government Area after Boko Haram terrorists invaded the areas, abducting no fewer than 50 residents.

The terrorists, working together with bandits, had attacked the areas in large numbers from Bassa, Kukoki communities up to Palalli in Gurmana Ward of the same Shiroro LGA.

Residents stated that during the deadly invasion, a yet-to-be-ascertained number of persons were also killed as the people continued to live in fear.

SaharaReporters had been told that only last Tuesday, the bandits and terrorists also in “broad daylight attacked Kokki in Gurmana Ward, Magami in Manta Ward and Maguga, Marenje and other adjoining villages using 10 motorcycles,” abducted several persons and killed a few others.

“Bassa is under siege. Terrorists in their large numbers in the early hours of today, Thursday, stormed our town and unleashed mayhem on unsuspecting and defenceless locals.

“During the deadly invasion, the criminals carried out armed robbery and kidnapping of an uncertain number of people but there is strong indication that the kidnapped victims are not less than 50 persons.

“Just day before yesterday, Palalli in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro local government and Rumache, Masuku and other adjoining villages all in Bassa and Kukoki Ward of the same LGA were attacked and sadly, casualties and losses were recorded,” a source had said.

Another source noted that the nefarious activities of criminals had become the order of the day and the residents were in dire need of security agencies.

“Last week Tuesday to be precise, many villages were invaded. On this fateful day and in broad daylight, Kokki in Gurmana Ward, Magami in Manta Ward and Maguga, Marenje and other adjoining villages were attacked, motorcycles among other belongings were criminally confiscated from victims. Deaths were also recorded.

“At the moment, virtually all communities and villages from Lakpma axis of Shiroro LGA have been sacked, while the affected locals continue to live at the mercy of dreaded terrorists. We are hopeless as nefarious activities of criminals have become the order of the day. Therefore we are in dire need of help,” he noted.


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