Six killed in renewed Niger bandit attack

Posted by News Express | 16 April 2020 | 565 times

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•Bandits on the prowl

By JUSTINA ASISHANA, Minna

Six persons have been killed and many others injured in a renewed attack by armed bandits in Shiroro Local Government Area and Rafi local government area of Niger State.

The incident, which occurred between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, have left over 600 people displaced.

In Manta community in Shiroro Local Government Area, five people were killed and five others injured while in Madaka community in Rafi Local Government Area, one person was killed with many others injured.

Sources in Shiroro local government council said the attack in Manta was carried out by bandits who rode into the community on motorcycles and started shooting sporadically into the air.

The displaced people are currently taking refuge at a temporary IDP camp in Bosso Primary School in Minna.

Local vigilantes, who were on the trail of the bandits, had to abandon and run for their lives when they discovered a helicopter in the air.

According to the vigilantes, they ran away because they suspected the helicopter was in support of the bandits.

They alleged they did not know where the helicopter came from or who was in it.

“We beat a retreat when we saw the helicopter because we were afraid that they may mistake us for the bandits and bomb us,” one of them stated. (The Nation)


Source: News Express

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