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Gunmen kidnap 150 individuals in central Nigeria: officers

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Google map picture of Kuchi Village in Niger State.

Gunmen in central Nigeria have kidnapped about 150 individuals within the nation’s newest mass abduction, officers informed AFP on May 27.

Attackers on motorbikes stormed Kuchi village in Niger state on Friday night time, the place they killed eight individuals and “abducted about 150 villagers,” native authorities chairman Aminu Najume mentioned.

“They came on around 100 motorcycles each carrying three men,” he mentioned. “No help came throughout the three hours they took operating in the village.”

A UN supply gave the identical determine for the quantity kidnapped, whereas Nigerian state rescue company SEMA mentioned greater than 100 had been kidnapped.

Mass kidnappings for ransom are frequent in Nigeria’s northwest and central states, the place closely armed gangs identified domestically as bandits usually goal distant villages to loot and abduct residents.

Boko Haram and rival jihadist group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) additionally commonly perform abductions in northeast Nigeria.

Some jihadist teams have established a presence outdoors the area together with in Niger state.

Najume, who blamed bandits for Friday’s assault, accused Nigerian safety forces of failing to stop common raids.

“These killers usually come in from neighbouring Kaduna state to operate in Niger and go back. They come in hundreds and surprisingly security personnel don’t see them while they are on their way. And when villagers alert them they take no action,” he mentioned.

Bandits don’t have any ideological leaning and are motivated by monetary acquire however there was concern from analysts and officers over their rising alliance with jihadists waging a 15-year battle within the northeast.

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