14 die in fresh attacks in Niger State



About 14 persons have been killed in two local governments in Niger State by gunmen.

Among the killed are security personnel, who were killed in Tasan Kura and Kwanan Dutse, respectively under Rafi and Mariga local government areas of the state.

According to reports, the attack began on Monday night and lasted till the next morning.

This was coming after recent assurances by the state government that federal government will deploy both air and land resources to ward off the insurgents from the affected communities.

However, SAHARA REPORTERS reported that four each of military, vigilantes and villagers, making 12, were killed in the attack.

It was gathered also that a large number of villagers were injured during the attack, with herds of cattle rustled.

According a THISDAY report, over 100 people were kidnapped in the attacks.

Twenty-six, mostly women, were abducted at Tasan Kura and the remaining in Kwanan Dutse.

The reports also added that people were seen migrating from the communities to safer locations, noting that villagers from Adunu have relocated to Paiko community while those in Mariga have moved to Bangi.

Our security correspondent has observed that the abductees during such attacks serve as a cover for the gunmen against being pursued or air-bombed.

A lot of the abductees get freed shortly after their abduction, when the gunmen are sure of steering clear from any danger.

Relevant authorities have not yet reacted to the incidents as at the time of filling this report.

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