Crime and Security

Gunmen kill three, kidnap 15 women in Niger

Bandits attack Zamfara girls college, abduct 300

 

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed three persons during an attack on some communities in Niger State

The gunmen who invaded the communities, also abducted 15 women from the communities which include Beni, old and new Dalolo, Aboloso, Ishau and Amale communities in Paikoro local government as well as Gwari Nyayi, Kabiri and Biri in Munya local government area..

15 other persons were said to have suffered various degrees of injuries during the attack by the gunmen numbering over 200 and riding in over 50 motorcycles in three different groups.

Beni District Head Alhaji Jafaru Umar Sarki confirmed the attack and also revealed that it lasted for one hour on Saturday evening with the bandits looting shops and houses for foodstuff.

The gunmen were said to have returned on Sunday morning and moved from one community to another targeting only foodstuff and provisions from shops in an operation that lasted for three hours.

According to Sarki, while the operation lasted, a helicopter was seen hovering around the communities but left immediately the bandits were done.

He also disclosed that the 15 women abducted, were made to carry the foodstuff looted from the communities by the gunmen who promised to release them later.

In his words,

“We saw a helicopter moving around the communities when the bandits were operating but the helicopter did not attack the bandits.

“We did not know what the helicopter was doing in the air because bandits were operating freely on the ground.

“Immediately the bandits left, we did not see the helicopter again, so we don’t know whether it was providing cover for the bandit or to attack the bandits.”

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