Bandits kill 11 security operatives, two Chinese miners kidnapped in Niger


About 11 security personnel including policemen and soldiers have been killed in a reprisal attack on Ajata-Aboki of Gurmana ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State by suspected bandits.

A local source said that they were killed around a mining site in the area that has large deposits of gold and gemstone on Wednesday.

He added that they launch an unexpected attack after they arrived and killed a lot of people while others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

However, the Niger State government confirmed the development, saying two Chinese nationals, among others, were kidnapped.

According to a statement by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs, Emmanuel Umar, a joint security team engaged the terrorists, “and they were yet to determine the number of casualties from both sides.”

A yet-to-be-ascertained number of workers in the mining site including two Chinese nationals were reportedly abducted.

The state governor, Sani Bello has therefore directed security agents to go all out to ensure the safe return of the kidnapped victims while sympathizing with the souls lost to the attack.

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