Gunmen kill four security personnel, six others in Niger

Gunmen have killed four personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in an attack on Galkogo community in Shiroro Local Council of Niger State.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Monday-Bala Kuryas, confirmed the killings, yesterday, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.

He also said that six other persons died in the early Monday morning attack on the community by the gunmen.

Kuryas explained that the gunmen rode to the community on motorcycles, burnt down eight houses and a building under renovation belonging to the Joint Security Task Force.

He explained further that a detachment of police tactical squad and the military personnel had been deployed to the area to track the criminals.

“We appeal to residents in the state to assist the security personnel deployed to the area with reliable information that could help in apprehending the criminals.

“We are all out to deal with any person or group of people undermining the peaceful atmosphere of our state,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of Shiroro Local Council, Malam Suleiman Chukuba, said those injured in the attack were receiving treatment at a government facility in Minna.

Some of the villagers, who escaped to Minna, also told newsmen that the gunmen invaded the community on motorcycles at about 1:00 a.m. on Monday.

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