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Two hunters missing, bandits killed during gun battle in Niger

Two hunters have gone missing and several bandits killed after a gun battle in Farin Doki community, in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

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It was gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday when the bandits invaded the community, which resulted in a clash involving a team of vigilantes, hunters and the bandits.

According to PUNCH, a source said, “The bandits, in large numbers, while riding on motorcycles, invaded some villages around Farin Doki community. Unknown to them that the vigilantes and hunters had laid an ambush after receiving information about their invasion.

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“The bandits were cut off from communicating with their informants after service providers seized network in the area due to the ongoing security operation; so, the bandits ran into the ambush.”

After two hours of a fierce gun battle with the ill-equipped vigilantes and hunters, an unspecified number of bandits were neutralised, while two vigilantes were stabbed to death when their ammunition got exhausted.

“A number of motorcycles, AK-47 rifles and machine guns were recovered from the bandits. Bandits are now working closely with Boko Haram elements who are currently recruiting youths in the area,” the source said.

In another development, no fewer than 22 people suspected to have links with bandits have been arrested across four communities in the area after a joint Security task force raided their hideout.

Some of the suspects were reportedly arrested with rifles and taken to security facilities in Zumba for onward movement to the police command headquarters in Minna, the state capital.

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