Villagers flee as bandits kill 13 and abduct village head in Niger state

Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits, on Monday, November 2 attacked Kukoki community in Kagara local government area of Niger state.
        According to an eyewitness, the attack on members of the community claimed the lives of 13 people, just as several other persons sustained injuries. Following the incident, PRNigeria gathered that pandemonium has broken out at Kagara town, as hundreds of Kukoki villagers who fled during the night attack are relocating to the local government headquarters. “Many people are presently leaving Kagara town as there is rumour making the rounds that the bandits are presently on their way to Kagara, to also launch another deadly attack,” a source quoted in the report said. On Tuesday, November 3, bandits abducted the district head of Madaka village, together with his wife and grandson. The gunmen also kidnapped the ward head of Madaka who later escaped from them. A top official of the Niger state government, however, said security personnel have been deployed to the affected areas to quickly restore peace. Last month, heavily armed bandits attacked several villages in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state. The incident occurred on Sunday, October 20 causing many villagers to flee their homes. The gunmen were alleged to have killed three vigilante members who went into the forest to confront them.

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