Residents flee as terrorists attack Niger communities


Residents of over five communities along the Kontagora-Rijau road in Mariga and Rijau local government areas of Niger State have fled over attacks by terrorists.

The terrorists attacked Dusai village, which is a few kilometres away from Kontagora town on Sunday afternoon while Kuimo, which is close to Rijau gown was attacked around 4 pm on the same day.

Several other villages were attacked between Sunday and Monday, The Nation learnt.

Although no death has been confirmed, several people were said to have been wounded in their quest to escape the onslaught by the terrorists.

This created a massive influx of residents to Rijau, which is the headquarters of Rijau local government area to take refuge.

Several people boarded tippers to take them to Rijau while others were seen on motorcycles with some motorcycles taking as many as five people.

One of the fleeing residents, Fal’ai Danladi, said as she was running, she fell several times and injured her fingers saying that she was helped to Rijau by a motorist.

Another fleeing resident from Warare community, Aliyu Bello said that he decided to run because he knew that if he is abducted, it won’t be easy on him.

He said that all of them in the community have deserted the community due to fear of attack adding that while some found their way to Rijau, others ran into the bushes and rocks to hide.

Chairman of Rijau Local Government Council, Bello Bako, confirmed terrorists attacked some communities, adding he and his officials are working out ways to ensure that the fleeing residents get somewhere to stay.

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