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Bandits kill village head, kidnap many others in Niger

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) announced on Thursday the names of terrorist and bandits kingpins slain in various operations across the country's north.

Mallam Usman Sarki, the village head of Zazzaga in Munya Local Government Area, Niger State, was shot and killed by bandits.

According to information obtained by Chronicle NG, some bandits attacked Zazzaga and the other towns on Tuesday night.

Unknown numbers of other farmers, including women, were reportedly abducted as well, according to sources.

The attack was initiated late on Tuesday night, according to a source who begged to remain anonymous, “the attack was launched in the night on Tuesday. They shot the village Head of Zazzaga, Mallam Usman Sarki, dead and kidnapped many others. For now, we cannot give the exact number of people they took away. They also rustled many cattle belonging to us.”

Another source said, “I don’t know the number of people taken from other villages because the attack was in the night. So everybody fled to bush. But they succeeded in kidnapping many people. In Kutara, a neighbouring village to Zazzaga where I come from, seven people including women were kidnapped during the attack. That’s the only number I know. They also rustled our cattle.”

In recent weeks, bandits attacks on communities in Munya, Shiroro, and Rafi LGAs have been daily occurrences, residents informed our correspondent.

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Upon being contacted, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the Public Relations Officer for the Niger State Police Command, acknowledged the attack, albeit stating he was still awaiting further facts.

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