Bandits storm a wedding in Niger, kidnap the bride and kill eight guests
Bandits have attacked more than 10 communities in Niger State, killing eight people, kidnapping a wife and injuring several others.
The gunmen, believed to number more than 100, invaded communities in the Lavun local government area of the state.
According to a resident of the Ndakogitu community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the bandits also attacked a wedding ceremony, where they abducted the bride and another girl.
The resident said, “They (armed men) entered our community and went to a wedding venue; they stole all the money made at the ceremony and other valuables.
“The rampaging gunmen also stole a number of cattle belonging to the villagers.”
The attack, which lasted Saturday evening and Sunday morning, according to the resident, left more than 5,000 dead.
Another source, who spoke to our correspondent, said the terrorists went to different communities and fired on residents, who were rushing for safety.
It was found that after the attack the terrorists were unable to escape with the stolen cattle as the only bridge connecting the community to Akare had collapsed leaving them no choice but to give up animals and escape.
Community militiamen, however, mobilized and confronted the bandits, who eventually killed six of the residents because they were ill-equipped.
The attack forced residents of the affected communities to flee their homes, while those who had previously gone to the nearby Batati market were unable to return home for fear of being attacked by the gunmen.
When contacted, Local Government and Homeland Security Commissioner Emmanuel Umar confirmed the latest attack but said he had not yet obtained details of the incident.
Some of the communities attacked are Egbako, Ndaruka, Ebbo, Ndagbegi, Tshogi, Gogata and Ndakogitu all in the Lavun local government area of the state.
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