Bandits kill 11 security agents in Niger

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The Niger State Government says bandits killed 11 security agents and several villagers in separate attacks between Friday and Saturday in Shiroro and Paikoro local government areas of the state.

Residents of the areas said at least 32 persons were killed overall across the affected communities.

State Governor Abubakar Bello spoke on the attacks today through a statement issued by his media aide, Mary Noel-Berje.

He said scores of the gunmen were also said to have been neutralised.

Abubakar Bello said the attacks on Galadiman Kogo and other villages in Shiroro council area could have been averted if the locals had alerted the security forces on time.

The Chairperson, Shiroro Local Government Area, Suleiman Chukuba, had earlier confirmed the incident to newsmen but said he could not confirm the number of casualties.