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Traders killed as bandits attack Niger market

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Some traders and customers were reportedly killed on Thursday when bandits raided a popular market in the Madaka community, Rafi local government area of Niger State.

The latest attack is coming two days after bandits were said to have attacked another community, Pangu Gari, during which they killed the district head and four other villagers.

The residents who disclosed the killing of the district head said they were still trying to come out from the tragedy when the Rafi market incident occurred.

A local who doesn’t want to be quoted because of security reasons said that an unspecified number of persons were killed in the incident as the traders were taken unawares.

The bandits were said to have stormed the market at 3pm when the business was at its peak and started shooting sporadically at the traders and their customers.

The unfortunate attack was confirmed by the Niger State Commissioner for Homeland Security, Mr Bello Mohammed.

Though, he did not give much details about the incident.

He said the state government was working in collaboration with security agencies to put an end to the incessant attacks on farming communities in the state.

“Niger State Government and the security agencies are working to put an end to these incessant attacks on farming communities in the state,” he said.

 

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