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[Updated] Unknown Gunmen Massacre Dozens In Niger State

Unknown gunmen suspected to be  Fulani herdsmen have massacred

the District Head of Allawa village in Shiroro local government area of Niger State, his brother, 33 villagers and a police Inspector in a midnight raid.

The gory incident took place on Tuesday after the villagers have retired from the daily hustle and bustle.

The gunmen invaded the unsuspecting village brandishing dangerous weapons including sophisticated machine guns and started shooting at the villagers.

Several villagers were seriously wounded while trying to escape the invaders, while 25 houses were razed by the invaders.

The attack which lasted two hours left the villagers helpless as no security agency came to their aid.

The motive for the attack remains unknown as there have not been any friction between members of Allawa village and Fulani herdsmen in the locality.

Confirming the incident, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Bala Elikana expressed shock at the incident and said the command has not been able to get the exact number of victims of the attack.

Meanwhile, security operatives have commenced full-scale investigations to decipher the culprits, as well as the motive behind the attack.

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