Gunmen kill 18 in Niger

The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Unknown gunmen have allegedly attacked Maza-Kuka in Mashegu local government council of Niger State killing eighteen persons.

It was gathered that the armed men invaded the village in large numbers and attacked the villagers, who were performing their early morning prayers.

It was also learned that the gunmen who came on motorcycles went straight into the Mosque and shot sporadically resulting in the death of residents.

Speaking on the attack, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane said sixteen persons were killed in the mosque while another person was attacked at Kaboji village by the armed bandits.

He however explained that Niger State Government had already dispatched a team of military personnel to the area to trail the bandits who fled to the forest.

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