Gunmen kill 14 people in Niger State, rustle cows

Gunmen attacked Ukuru Village in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger state, leaving 14 people dead while about five others escaped with injuries.

The Niger State Police Command confirmed the killings.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Wasiu Abiodun, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), in a statement, said the attack occurred on Wednesday during which the gunmen also rustled cattle.

He said the injured were receiving treatment at Mariga General Hospital.

It was gathered that the gunmen, riding on motorcycles, began shooting sporadically when they stormed the village.

Sources say, the attack could have been a reprisal because a few days before the incident, men of the local vigilante had repelled an attack by the bandits during which they reportedly killed four of the attackers.

“They waited for most of the strong men to go to the farm before launching the attack,” says an eyewitness.

The police spokesman added that policemen and local vigilante were on the trail of the gunmen.

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