Ten Killed, Dozens Abducted As Boko Haram Militants Struck

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Mediaage NG News – NIGER, Nigeria

Officials say ten persons were killed and at least, 160 others were kidnapped from a remote community in Nigeria’s central state of Niger.

The kidnapped are mostly women and children, while those killed included local hunters who were providing security for the area, local official, Aminu Abdulhamid Najume said, while speaking to the BBC’s World Service.

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Suspected armed Boko Haram militants invaded Kuchi village last Friday night, Najume revealed.

The gunmen reportedly rode into Kuchi on motorbikes and even spent time cooking food, making tea and looting houses before leaving more than two hours later.

Mr Najume , who chairs the Council of the Munya Local Government Area, said the Kurchi community had been left traumatised and anxious to hear news of those taken.

Amnesty Internationa wrote on social media,l expressing its “deep concern” at the mass abduction.

“The invasion of the village by the gunmen is yet another indication of the Nigerian authorities’ utter failure to protect lives,” it said.

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“Since 2021 gunmen have been consistently attacking Kuchi village and raping women and girls in their matrimonial homes.

“From time to time, the gunmen demand millions of Naira as ransom from the people to avoid being kidnapped.

“Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to end these spate of abductions and bring suspected perpetrators to justice. Frequent mass abductions and killings are clear evidence of failure of authorities to protect the people.”

Attacks in Niger state have become increasingly common although it has often been unclear if the gunmen have any links to jihadist groups.

Last month several villages were targeted by armed gangs kidnapping for ransom.

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