BREAKING: Many people killed, houses set on fire as gunmen overpower Security operatives

BREAKING: Many people killed, houses set on fire in gunmen fresh onslaught

Several people have been reportedly killed, with many houses burnt in fresh attacks at Galadima-Kogo and Galkogo Communities of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Armed men were said to have launched the attacks after overpowering security operatives.

State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Emmanuel Umar confirmed the attack to Daily Trust on telephone, saying “One of our Forward Operating Bases manned by our security was overran during the attack. But we are already restrategising to take the fight back to them. Already, there have been ongoing security operations in the area, both air and ground. We doing our best.”

The Chairman, Shiroro Local Government Area, Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, also confirmed that security men were overpowered by the bandits.

According to him “this is a tragedy that has just occurred on Saturday and I cannot really ascertain the number of casualties for now because the place stands as a no-go area as I am talking to you now. The only dead bodies that we have recovered were 11 but that is not the exact number of casualties. A lot of people that were affected. Those that were wounded were nine in number and they are in the hospital as I am talking to you.”

About the displaced people, the Chairman said “As the situation is now, we have not done much about the displaced people. Our concern now is how to make sure we get back the communities that have been taken over by the attackers.”

He dismissed the rumour making rounds that the security operatives were withdrawn before the attacks.

“It’s not withdrawal of security operatives per say. But the attackers were more in number and well armed with sophisticated weapons. So, when they launched the attack, they overpowered our security men because they came in hundreds with sophisticated weapons,” he said.

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