Attacks in Kebbi, Niger, claims lives of 11 security personnel.

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Attacks in , Niger, claims lives

In attacks in Kebbi and Niger states on Tuesday, gunmen killed 11 security personnel, including seven police officers and four vigilantes.

For years, gangs have terrorised northwest and central Nigeria, raiding and looting villages, stealing cattle, and abducting residents for ransom.

However, despite military efforts to drive bandits out of their camps in the woods, attacks have recently increased.
In the first attack, scores of bandits stormed a police station in central Niger state’s Magama district around 1200 GMT on Tuesday, sparking a gunfight with police and local militia, according to Wasiu Biodun, a spokesman for the Niger police.

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“Unfortunately, the DPO (Divisional Police Officer), two other police officers, and four vigilante members were killed during the gun battle,” Biodun said in the statement.

In the “fierce gun battle” in which many of the attackers escaped with injuries, several bandits were also “neutralised,” according to the statement.

Attacks in Kebbi, Niger, claims lives

Following the attacks, police officers were stationed in the area to maintain order, according to Biodun.

Motorcycle-riding bandits numbering around 500 invaded a tomato-processing factory in Gafara village of Ngaski district in a bid to abduct expatriate workers in the second attack in neighbouring Kebbi state, according to Nafiu Abubakar, Kebbi state police spokesman.

“The police officers guarding the factory engaged the bandits in a gunfight, killing four officers and one resident, as well as several of the gunmen,” Abubakar said.

According to Abubakar, the gunmen launched the attack from their base in Niger state.

“They (the bandits) planned to kidnap the expatriates, but they failed in their heinous mission.”

Bandits operating from camps hidden in a vast forest straddling Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, and Niger states were officially declared terrorists by the government in January.

Bandits attacked Kebbi’s Kanya village on Tuesday, killing 19 security personnel, including 13 soldiers, a day after they killed at least 57 vigilantes in an ambush in nearby Sakaba.

For years, gangs have terrorised northwest and central Nigeria, raiding and looting villages, stealing cattle, and abducting residents for ransom.

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However, despite military efforts to drive bandits out of their camps in the woods, attacks have recently increased.

Banditry in Nigeria’s northwest and central states is just one of the challenges confronting security forces, who are also fighting a 12-year jihadist insurgency in the northeast and separatist tensions in the country’s southeast.

 

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