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Nigeria: Unidentified Fighter Jet Kills Several Villagers in Niger State

“We cannot say whether the aircraft belong to the government or bandits,” a Zungeru community leader said.

Several villagers were reported to have been killed when an unidentified fighter jet bombed Akere town in Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State 

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening, reportedly left many of the villagers injured.

The latest incident came barely one month after a similar tragedy occurred at Galadimakogo town in Shiroro Local Government Area, where not less than 20 local hunters were bombed,  also by an unidentified aircraft. Some of those injured in that incident were still receiving treatment at the IBB Specialist Hospital in Minna, the state capital.

It was learnt that the Akere bombing took place same time that 100 bandits stormed the community wreaking havoc, kidnapping many villagers and rustling more than 300 cattle.

A community leader in nearby Zungeru, who confirmed the incident but pleaded anonymity explained that the villagers bombed  were hiding under trees from bandits when the disaster struck them.

“We cannot say whether the aircraft belong to the government or bandits,” he said.

It was also gathered that not less than 50 gunmen same Tuesday raided Kwazi community in Rafi Local Government Area of the state, killing five people and rustling about 150 cattle.

Still on Tuesday, three villagers were killed and 15 others abducted in Dandaudu community in Munya Local Government Area of the state. Five others including two women sustained gunshot injuries. The gunmen also went away with not less than 150 cattle.

 Laleye Dipo in Minna