Bandits kill guards, abduct 2 Chinese workers in Niger state

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Bandits have abducted two Chinese workers at the  Zungeru hydropower dam project in Niger State.

The Niger State Police Command confirmed the abduction in a statement.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state, Wasiu Abiodun, said in a statement that the police team attached to the site engaged the bandits in a gun duel, rescuing four of the expatriates.

The assailants killed two guards before whisking away the victims, Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane,

“On 04/1/2022 at about 1630hrs, suspected armed bandits attacked workers of Sino-Hydro Power Dam. The workers comprised of some Chinese expatriates and local staffs who were attacked while working on transmission line tower along Gussase village,” he said.

“However, Police tactical team attached to the facility engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel while four of the expartriates were rescued with one of them and a local staff sustaining bullet injury and taken to hospital for medical treatment.

“In the process of scampering for safety during the gun duel, three among the expatriates could not be accounted for presently,”

The police spokesman added that a joint team of police and military operatives are already on a manhunt for the assailants.

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