Suspected gunmen killed twelve people and injured fifteen others in attacks on three communities at Kwaki–Chukuba Ward in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

The attackers were said to have invaded the communities of Ajatayi, Gwassa, and Barden Dawaki having laid siege on Gyammamiya and Alewa communities in the last four days.

It was also learnt that about five hundred and twenty five cattle were also rustled by the bandits with villagers fleeing.

The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, David Umoru told newsmen that he had been receiving distress calls in the past three days and had alerted the security agencies.

He urged for the deployment of more personnel to the areas, while also calling on the National Emergency Management Agency and its state counterpart to respond promptly.

The state’s police spokesman Abubakar Dan-Ina, confirmed the incident, but said one person was killed and fifteen others injured. He added that where the incident occurred, was a difficult terrain to access.