Gunmen Attack Niger Community, Kidnap 15 Persons


Not less than 15 persons were on Friday, January 14, kidnapped following an attack by gunmen on a community in Niger state.

Wasiu Abiodun, police spokesperson, confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday, saying that the gunmen attacked Kulho, a village near Ibbi in Mashegu LGA and kidnapped 15 persons on January 14.

He said the attackers stormed Mashegu through Jigawa State and carted away a yet-to-be-verified number of cattle on the same day.

Abiodun stated that security operatives had been deployed to conduct a search-and-rescue operation for the abductees.

Said he: “We solicited the support of local residents to volunteer reliable information that could aid in apprehending the miscreants”.

Recently, Niger communities have been experiencing attacks by gunmen leading to killings and abductions.

Last week, gunmen attacked Nakudna and Wurukuci communities in Shiroro LGA of Niger and killed over 30 residents on their farms.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, asked the military to “respond robustly” to the attacks by gunmen in the state.

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