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Deadly bandit attacks in FCT, Niger leave 4 dead, 39 kidnapped

The following day, neighbouring Kuduru village was targeted, with 18 people being kidnapped

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Deadly bandit attacks in FCT, Niger leave 4 dead, 39 kidnapped

Bandits have carried out a series of brutal attacks in both the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger State, resulting in the deaths of four individuals and the kidnapping of 39 others.

The first attack took place on December 23 in Garam, a village near Bwari town in the FCT, where a pastor affiliated with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) lost his life and 13 people were abducted.

The following day, neighbouring Kuduru village was targeted, with 18 people being kidnapped.

The violence continued on December 29, when Azu in Niger State was attacked, leaving three people dead and eight more kidnapped.

As quoted by Daily Trust, a resident of Garam, who identified herself as Mrs Juliana, said: “The bandits entered a house, kidnapped two boys who led them to the house of their target.

“When they got there, they kidnapped the entire family, but while leaving the house, they shot the man (their target), who is a pastor at the RCCG, in the presence of his wife and their three children.”

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According to additional information, the wife, upon realising she had left her six-month-old baby behind during the bandit attack, sought permission from the criminals to retrieve the child.

The only female bandit in the group accompanied her back to the house to retrieve her six-month-old baby.

However, she grew impatient and left the woman behind to rejoin her gang with the other kidnapped individuals.

The FCT Police Command has not yet responded to requests for comment regarding these incidents.

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