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Bandits invade police headquarters; kill cop, civilians

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Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have invaded a divisional police headquarters and an emir’s palace in Niger State, killing at least a cop and two civilians.
The police command in Niger confirmed the killing of three people by the bandits who attacked the palace of the Emir of Kagara in the Rafi local government area of the state.

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Police commissioner Monday Kuryas confirmed the attack in Minna on Wednesday.

Mr Kuryas explained that the incident occurred at about 5.30 pm on Tuesday as “over 100 bandits who came with dangerous weapons gained entry into the emir’s palace and the divisional police headquarters in the area.”

He said the bandits gunned down a policeman and two civilians during the attack.

The police commissioner said some bandits also attacked Kachiwe in Sarkin Pawa headquarters of Munya local government area of the state.

According to him, the bandits “sneaked from their hideout in Kaduna to execute the heinous act.”

“I don’t have the actual number of people killed during the attack,” said Mr Kuryas.

The commissioner, however, pointed out that the command would continue to make efforts to rid the state of criminals and appealed to residents to provide timely information to security agencies.

Mr Kuryas further stated that the police had launched investigations into the attack to track down the bandits.

According to him, a team of policemen has been dispatched to Sarkin Pawa to safeguard lives and properties.

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