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Another Abduction In Niger State


Women and children were among 25 individuals abducted in another kidnap operation carried out by gunmen in Niger State on Monday.

According to residents of Kutunku community in Wushishi Local Government Area, the armed men began shooting sporadically around 10 am as they carted away about 20 persons.

Meanwhile, five persons were also abducted in Rafi Local Government Area and several other persons were injured at Panku Gari Council Area.

An eye-witness said the bandits, who were well-armed with dangerous weapons, carried out their operation brazenly in broad daylight.

State authorities, including the police, were yet to comment on the attack as of Monday evening

Context: Niger, the largest state in the country which shares a long border with the Federal Capital Territory, has experienced similar attacks in recent times. In February, tens of schoolboys were kidnapped in Kagara, a community in the state. Some 53 travellers, including 20 women and nine children, were also abducted while transiting on a state-owned bus earlier that month, although they have now been released.

The insecurity in Niger shadows the general situation across the country, although the Federal Government has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to restoring peace.


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