From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

Suspected bandits have reportedly killed 21 persons including the village head when they attacked Madaka community in Rafi local government area of Niger state.

It was reliably gathered that the attack occurred around 3pm on Thursday when the community market was in full session leading to such casualties.

According to sources, about 50 houses including commercial shops, a number of cars and motorcycles were burnt down during the incident.

The suspected armed men broke into the village shooting sporadically, killing their victims and burnt down the market as well abducted unidentified numbers of the villagers to an unidentified destination.

The district head, Alhaji Isah Bawale confirmed the incident to our Correspondent in Minna, Niger state capital on a telephone interview.

It was further revealed that since the attack on same community some years ago when the district head was killed there were no security presence in that community leading to bandits attack without challenges from any quarters.

When contacted, Niger State Command of Police Public Relations Officer PPRO SP Wasiu Abiodun assured to verify and get back which he couldn’t at the time of filing in the report.

Meanwhile, the Niger state government especially the commissioner for security, General Bello Abdullahi Mohammed (retired) is yet to speak on the incident

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