Suspected Gunmen kill 26 in Niger


Officials in Niger State yesterday confirmed the killing of two dozen local vigilance guards and a soldier by bandits late Monday.

The attack was reportedly carried out by scores of motorcycle-riding gunmen who opened fire on the guards outside Kotonkoro village in Mariga district.

Twenty bodies have so far been recovered.

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The remaining ones are still in the bush.

The soldier was killed during an attack on a military post.

The vigilance group members were said to have given the bandits a chase after the attack on the military post only for them to run into an ambush by the assailants.



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