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Another Terror Group Raids Villages In North-Central Nigeria, 24 Hours After Attack On School

A terrorist group has raided villages in Niger State, Northcentral Nigeria, barely 24 hours after another terrorist group kidnapped people from a school in the state.

A terror group on motorbikes attacked some communities in Northcentral Nigeria’s Niger State, a day after an attack on a public school in the state.

HumAngle gathered the motorbike-riding terrorists stormed some villages in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger, Wednesday evening, burning down houses and killing residents.

The onslaught happened hours after an early Wednesday attack on a public school in Kagara village in the state, where 27 male students, three teachers and about a dozen family members of the staff were abducted.

The attack spread to Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko and other neighbouring villages.

Sani  Kokki, Co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, said some residents sustained gun injuries with the number of casualties “yet to be ascertained” in the latest attack.

“Certainly, deaths have been recorded while others who sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries are being rushed to various health facilities for medical attention while scores of others have been abducted and taken to unknown destinations,” Kokki said in a statement on social media.

“Countless deadly attacks have become daily occurrences, thereby compelling the affected victims to live at the mercy of hydra-headed monsters. Defenceless, unarmed and peaceful locals have been abandoned to their fate.”

When HumAngle contacted police spokesperson in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, for comments, he said the force “would brief newsmen about the attack soon.”

Terrorists’ attacks, which initially started in the North-western State of Zamfara, have spread to five other nearby states— Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Niger, Northcentral region.

The death toll from deadly attacks has continued to rise daily, with maiming, kidnapping, and robbery incidents.

Since it intensified in 2011, more than 8,000 people have been killed – mainly in Zamfara State – with over 200,000 internally displaced and about 60,000 fleeing into the Niger Republic, according to the international think-tank, Crisis Group.

The Nigerian Army has launched several military campaigns, including air raids to dislodge and douse the terrorists’ influence. But the terror groups have responded with more attacks on vulnerable villagers.

Security experts have said terrorism puts the West African country on edge as it struggles to contain Boko Haram insurgencies in the Northeast, communal conflicts in the southern states.

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Aishat Babatunde

Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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