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6 soldiers, hunter, in Niger state slain in bandit attack

According to eyewitnesses, "the attack commenced around 9 pm on Friday and persisted for hours. The bandits, riding motorcycles in large numbers, indiscriminately fired shots as they infiltrated the communities

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6 soldiers, hunter, in Niger state slain in bandit attack

In a tragic incident, six soldiers and a volunteer hunter lost their lives during a confrontation with bandits in the Karaga and Rumace communities of Bassa ward, Shiroro local government area of Niger State.

Additionally, two farmers fell victim to the violence, and several houses, food banks, and motorcycles were set ablaze by the attackers.

According to eyewitnesses, “the attack commenced around 9 pm on Friday and persisted for hours. The bandits, riding motorcycles in large numbers, indiscriminately fired shots as they infiltrated the communities”.

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Mustapha Bassa, a local resident, recounted the harrowing scene, describing how the assailants wreaked havoc by setting fire to properties and terrorising the inhabitants.

This assault adds to a string of recent attacks in Shiroro and Rafi LGs of Niger State, where communities have suffered substantial losses of property and lives due to banditry.

Despite attempts to reach the Niger State Police Command for comment, their Public Relations Officer, SP Wasiu Abiodun, could not be reached at the time of filing this report.

As the communities mourn the loss of lives and grapple with the aftermath of the attack, the incident underscores the ongoing security challenges faced by residents in parts of Niger State.

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