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Bandits burn police station, kill 13 in Niger

By Paul Njoku

Bandits have reportedly attacked Beri town in Bobi district of Niger state, burning down a police station and killing more than 13 people, including a police officer.

The attack was reported by the Niger State Emergency Management Agency in a memo on Monday, May 31, 2021 and comes barely a day after about 200 students were kidnapped from a school in the state.

According to the emergency agency, the attack left several people injured.

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The bandits also attacked Unguwan Malam Bako in Kotonkoro district and abducted an unconfirmed number of people, the agency added.

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Niger state, the largest in the country, is one of the worst affected states by banditry across the country.

In a statement on Sunday, Niger state Governor, Abubakar Bello, described the state of insecurity as a “war situation.”

“The situation has reached crisis level, in fact it’s a war situation that we have to confront without further delay,” he said.

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