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Unknown Gun Men Kill Village Head, Five Others In Niger

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie


The District Head of Alawa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger and six others were on Tuesday night slaughtered by unknown gunmen who invaded the community in the dead hours of the night.

It was gathered that the about 20 assailants, armed with different types of guns, who stormed the village when the villagers had retired to sleep and also killed a Police Inspector during the attack which lasted till dawn on Wednesday.

Although what prompted the attack and the number of casualties was still sketchy as at the time of filing this report, an eyewitness told our correspondent that the dusk till dawn shooting created confusion among the dwellers some of whom in their bid to escape were caught down.

The villagers had already retired after the days’ struggle when they were suddenly woken up by sporadic gunshots at midnight. Unknown to the villagers, the attackers had taken position as most of the victims in their bid to escape ran into the hands of the attackers.

The attackers suspected to be cattle rustlers were said to have invaded the residence of the village head where they used knife to slaughter him and two other members of his household.

Our correspondent also gathered that the attackers used sophisticated weapons, including AK47 riffles, cutlasses, knife to kill the victims just as some victims were slaughtered while others were shot.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports also had it that the attackers believed to be cattle rustlers were on a revenge mission over the loss of their cattle, which they accused the community of conniving with the police and the military to cart away.

A number of ‘cattle rustlers’ were apprehended by the men of Nigeria Army and they were later handed over to the police while the cows recovered were handed over to the local government council chairmen where the cattle were said to have been distributed to people who claimed to have lost their cattle.

Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Niger State Police Command, ASP Bala Elkana confirmed the attack, adding that the command had dispatched a team of officers and men to the village to restore normalcy and to confirmed the number of casualties.

Bala Elkana told our correspondent that only five people, including the village Head and an Inspector of Police lost their lives and details of what actually led to the attack is being expected by the command.