Seven terrorists killed in Niger, 18 hoodlums arrested

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The Niger State Police Command says it has killed seven terrorists in a joint effort with some vigilantes in the Kumbashi town of Mariga Local Government Area of the state.

According to the police, the terrorists were killed during a gun battle with a joint team of policemen and vigilantes.

Some of the terrorists escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wound.

Some members of vigilante group, whose identities could not be ascertained, also sustained injuries and were taken to the Kotangora General Hospital for treatment.

The spokesperson for the state’s police command, Abiodun Wasiu, also confirmed to newsmen on Friday, that in a separate exercise, 18 miscreants were arrested in the Minna metropolis for thuggery.

Wasiu said, “Yes, seven terrorists were killed. 18 miscreants were also arrested for thuggery in a separate exercise in Minna.”

One of the miscreants, Umar Aminu, was said to have pretended to be a tricycle rider to rob unsuspecting victims of their valuables.

Items including one sickle, three scissors, two shisha pots and three pipes, seven cutlasses, one garrote, a saw, a box containing chisels and spanners, 21 sticks, a packet of cigarettes, two polythene bags containing suspected Indian-hemp, a broken bottle and two sharp horns, were recovered from the suspects.

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