Trader shot dead, others flee as bandits attack market in Niger
Gunmen suspected to be armed bandits a rural market at Chibani community in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State
The attack, which occurred on Friday afternoon led to the killing of one trader while several others were allegedly abducted at gunpoint and taken away into the forest.
After the attack on Chibani market, terrorists also reportedly invaded Mararaban-Daudu community, also in Munya Local Government where an unspecified number of residents were kidnapped.
According to Tribune, a source in the area, who identified himself as Shehu Abubakar in a telephone interview said that the miscreants launched the attack around 12 noon when the market was filled to capacity, and carried out the operation for about three hours, shooting sporadically into the air to force traders to abandon their wares.
The suspected armed bandits were said have also carted away some food items after scaring traders away.
The source added that right now “we don’t know where many traders are hiding presently because they have not started retuning up till now”, stressing that a lot of goods were destroyed apart from the ones stolen by the hoodlums.