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  • Updated: May 25, 2024

Niger: Nine killed by bandits, dozens abducted in Munya LGA attack

Niger: Nine killed by bandits, dozens abducted in Munya LGA

Nine people, including six vigilantes, were killed by bandits in Kuchi and surrounding communities in Munya LGA of Niger State.

The attack, which occurred on Friday, also resulted in the kidnapping of dozens of farmers, women, and children.

Witnesses reported that the bandits, armed with sophisticated weapons, arrived around 5 p.m. and held residents hostage, firing sporadically before abducting many people.

Kuchi, the hometown of the current Munya LG Council Chairman, Aminu Najume, and other nearby communities have previously experienced severe attacks, though they had recently enjoyed a period of relative peace.

Local sources, including government officials, informed Daily Trust that approximately 300 bandits operated unchallenged for about six hours, causing many residents to flee during the night.

Also, the Chairman of Munya LGA, Aminu Najume Kuchi, as was reported, confirmed the incident but did not give the number of people killed or kidnapped.

He said the government was working in collaboration with security operatives to ensure the safe return of the kidnapped victims.

“We are on it to ensure that those kidnapped return safely. And in Sha Allah between today and tomorrow (Sunday), they shall be rescued,” he said.

Another local government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “It is a bad story for us in Munya LGA. Bandits invaded the home town of Munya LG Council Chairman and kidnapped about 100 people.

“Seven other villages have been sacked by bandits, including Wuloto, Kafana, Sabon-Dan Gunu, Gbodo. There were casualties but we don’t have the actual figures now.”

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