Bandits invade hospital, kill two, abduct doctor, many others in Niger
Armed gunmen have reportedly killed two persons at the Abdulsalam Abubakar General Hospital, Gulu, Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State.
They also kidnapped over ten persons including a doctor and a pharmacist, among others.
It was gathered the incident occurred in the early hours of today, Tuesday at about 2 a.m.
One of those killed was said to be a retired medical personnel known as Ya-Tachi, who lived directly opposite the hospital in the area.
According to Daily Post, the bandits, in large numbers, stormed the hospital shooting sporadically during their operation without any intervention from security personnel and the local vigilantes from the area.
Zakari Nda a resident of the area told our correspondent in a telephone chat that the gunmen unleashed attacks on the hospital resulting in the death of two persons.
“They arrived in large numbers and were shooting sporadically, which sent fears into the people during the period of their operation.”
“At the end of the operation, many people were abducted and some wounded,” he stated.
He also called on the Niger State government and the security personnel to rise up and do the needful in order to end the incessant attacks on communities.
This is the fourth time kidnappers have attacked different communities within the area in recent times.
The incident has further heightened tension among the villagers, particularly with lack of presence of both security agents and local vigilantes during the attack.
However, when contacted, Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, told SOLACEBASE that the Command was still working on getting details of the attack.
The PPRO said the Command would issue a press release on the incident.