JUST IN: Bandits kill village head, abduct 17 others in Niger

The bandits also dispossessed the villagers of their valuable belongings before setting their houses ablaze...

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Gunmen have killed the village head of Rumache, Ahmad Yakubu and kidnapped 17 villagers in four other communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.

The Nation gathered that the bandits invaded the village at about 2 am on Friday.

The bandits also dispossessed the villagers of their valuable belongings before setting their houses ablaze.

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They also reportedly abducted the son of the murdered village head.

The attack came some hours after similar acts by armed bandits on Magami, Gungu, Zongoro and Masuku Villages in Shiroro local government area where 17 people were kidnapped.

It was gathered that several villagers sustained various degrees of injuries from gunshots and other dangerous weapons used during the attacks.

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The Chairman of Shiroro local government area, Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, confirmed the attacks.

He said the villagers were taken unaware and it was difficult to ascertain the number of bandits who invaded the village.

“The attack happened at midnight around 1 to 2 pm. They were many and they took the villagers unaware. No one could ascertain their numbers because it was night.

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“As for casualties, only the village head of Rumache was killed while his son was kidnapped. However, a day before, the bandits invaded four communities and kidnapped 17 people in Magami, Gungu, Zongoro and Masuku Villages communities,” he stressed.

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