KANO, Nigeria (AA) – At least 17 people have been killed by suspected bandits who raided villages in northern Niger state in Nigeria, according to authorities.
Mashegu, Lavun and Wushishi Local Government areas in the north central state of Niger were attacked from noon until 8 p.m. local time Saturday.
“The Chief of Staff to Mashegu Local Government Chairman Umar Ubegi, and his father were killed during the attack,” said spokesman for the Mashegu local authority, Mohammed Isa.
“They (bandits) moved from one village to the other on motorcycles, killing and kidnapping people. About 13 communities were sacked.”
The village head in Poshi was killed, along with seven others, in Sahon-Rami and Maishankafi.
“Tensions are high in our local government now. These people have been operating since Friday. One village was attacked on Friday which was Sahon-Rami. The remaining villages were attacked on Saturday,” he said.
Wasiu Abiodun, a deputy superintendent of police, switched off his mobile phone to avoid questions about the attack.
In Lavun Local Government Area, 10 villages were reportedly attacked, with three dead and three kidnapped.
Resident Malam Yakubu Mohammed said “they started the operation around 12 p.m., moving from one village to another. For now, we have only discovered dead bodies of three persons. They also went away with three others.”
The affected communities are 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Bida town.