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One dead, many injured in Niger mine collapse

The Director-General of the Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) Alhaji Abdullahi Baba-Ara made this known in a statement in Minna on Tuesday.

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One dead, many injured in Niger mine collapse

A mining site that collapsed on Monday, in Galkogo village of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger, has left one person dead, many injured and more than 30 persons trapped.

The Director-General of the Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) Alhaji Abdullahi Baba-Ara made this known in a statement in Minna on Tuesday.

He said the agency received a report of a mining site which collapsed on June 3, at Galkogo village of Shiroro.

He said, “One person has been confirmed dead, six persons rescued with severe injuries while more than 30 people were still being trapped.”

Baba-Arah said that the cause of the mining site collapse was as a result of heavy rainfall that impacted the soil.

He expressed concerns that the rescuers ran for safety from the site because the site kept falling.

He also noted that the agency had yet to get full details on rescue operations due to insecurity in the area.

He, however, said that excavators had been deployed to the site for the rescue operations.

The Director-General also said that the agency received reports of persistent bandit attacks in Shiroro and Mashegu local government areas of the state.

He said that the bandits reportedly attacked Adogo Malam village on June 2 and kidnapped six persons.

He also said that the suspected bandits kidnapped more than 20 people and stole cattle in Tunga Kawo, an adjoining community from Erena.

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