Niger: ‘Unidentified’ Aircraft Bombs Several Vigilantes in Niger State

The raid occurred because the vigilantes had been getting ready to pursue terrorists who attacked their village.

Many vigilantes had been reportedly killed in an air raid by a yet-to-be-identified plane in Galadima Kogo, a neighborhood in Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State, on Tuesday.

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Several members of the vigilante group, which include its chief, had been additionally injured inside the bombing, locals stated.

The vigilante members had been bombed as they had been getting ready to counter an assault towards terrorists who had earlier attacked their neighborhood.

A neighborhood chief instructed PREMIUM TIMES that in the assault, a number of villagers had been kidnapped and a number of herds of cattle had been rustled.

The neighborhood chief, who requested to not be named for safety motives, confirmed the incident over the telephone.

“It is unbelievable. As of now, I cannot say how many people were killed, but I know they are many,” he instructed PREMIUM TIMES.

“What I do know is that two Hilux vans have evacuated the useless from the camp.

“It is the vigilante men that have been protecting us against these bandits and now that many of them have been killed, we are at the mercy of the gunmen,” the supply added.

The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs, Emmanuel Umar, confirmed the incident however failed to affirm the quantity of these killed or wounded.

“Government is already on top of the incident as we are battling with the survivors and injured and how to restore peace to the area,” the commissioner added.

Neither the Nigerian military nor the air pressure has commented on the air raid. However, the air pressure has frequently carried out air raids inside the state to goal terrorists working in rural communities. Sometimes, civilians, which include kids, fall sufferer to such raids that are then included up by the authorities, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation found.

Tuesday’s incident occurred barely three days after three individuals had been killed and three others kidnapped in Gwada city, inside the identical neighborhood authorities region.

Niger, in north-central Nigeria, is {one of the} states most troubled by terror communities, regionally referred to as bandits. The communities have killed 1000’s of individuals and kidnapped many greater, generally in rural communities of the affected northern states.

Other states affected by the banditry contain Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna.

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