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Ten persons killed, 24 kidnapped by bandits in Niger

Bandits have killed ten persons and kidnapped another twenty-four persons in some communities in Rafi local government area of Niger State.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Niger State Government on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the Village Head of Kusherki in Rafi local government area, Alhaji Masud Abubakar died in the process while his wife was abducted.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has condemned the killing of the Kusherki Village Head and other victims, including the abducted twenty-four persons.

Condemning the increasing activities of kidnappers and bandits in the state, he said:

“The situation, particularly in the last 72 hours, has become regrettably alarming!

“While efforts are ongoing to secure the release of the abducted NSTA passengers, we heard that of Kusherki and other areas.

“We are witnessing these attacks now, almost, on daily basis and it is worrisome.”

He assured that the state government will not be deterred or discouraged by the recent turn of events.

He stressed that the existing collective resolve of government, security agencies and the people must be sustained to checkmate the situation.

Available reports said that the majority of those killed were vigilantes who tried to stop the bandits from operating.

They were killed by the bandits who wielded sophisticated weapons compared to the inferior ones wielded by the vigilantes.

The latest attack came barely 72 hours after 21 people were kidnapped in the state mass transit bus over the weekend.

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