Residents flee Niger community following the murder of joint security personnel.

Residents of Galkogo, Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State, have fled their homes after an unconfirmed number of Joint Security Taskforce and local vigilante members were allegedly killed during an airstrike by an unidentified jet fighter.

The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon, according to ChinyKo, when the fighter jet mistook the men of the State security team for bandits and opened fire on them.

Residents of Kalgoko said there has been no presence or threat of bandits in the community in recent times, justifying the shelling.

 

Two Hilux vans were said to have conveyed the bodies of the dead security personnel to Minna, the State capital at about 4:00pm. Their remains were deposited at the IBB Specialist Hospital.

Our correspondent also gathered that the leader of the taskforce, who sustained injuries, is receiving medical attention at an unknown medical facility in Minna.

The development has forced the security taskforce stationed in the community to desert the area, resulting in panic among residents of the village and environs. They equally took to their heels for fear of attacks from bandits.

However, all efforts to get a confirmation of the incident from the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services, Hon Emmanuel and the State Police through the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun failed.

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