Terrorists Kill DPO, 6 Others in Niger Community

The Divisional Police Officer in Nasko Police Station in Magama local government area of Niger state, Chief Superintendent of Police Umar Dakingari, and two other policemen have been killed by terrorists.

Four members of local vigilance group were also killed by the gunmen in the incident which occured Tuesday afternoon. Very reliable source told THISDAY that the gunmen attacked the policemen and local vigilantes when they were planning to counter the attack of the terrorists who infiltrated the local government headquarters after their raid on parts of Kebbi state.

It was learnt that the DPO got wind of the planned assault by the gunmen and immediately started mobilising his men for the counter offensive. Unknown to the DPO, the terrorists had already surrounded the station and started shooting sporadically. It was in the process that the DPO was shot. His subordinates and the men of the local vigilance group were also killed.

The terrorists, according to a report, later sacked the armoury and reportedly escaped with some arms. The gunmen also went on a shooting spree in the town, as people ran helter skelter. The State Police Commissioner Mr Monday Bala Kuyars, when contacted on phone, confirmed the attack and the death of the DPO.

Niger state Commissioner for Local Government and Internal Security Mr Emmanuel Umar also confirmed the incident. Umar said armed security men had been sent on the trail of the terrorists.



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