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 Shiroro Massacre: FG Mourns As Over 40 Persons, Solders, Police Killed By Bandits, 4 Chinese Expatriate Abducted
July 1, 2022

Shiroro Massacre: FG Mourns As Over 40 Persons, Solders, Police Killed By Bandits, 4 Chinese Expatriate Abducted

AJATA-ABOK MASSACRE: NOT FEWER THAN 30 SECURITY MEN AND TWO CIVILIANS WERE KILLED, MANY INJURED, 4 EXPATRIATE ABDUCTED AND HOST OF OTHERS IN SHIRORO LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGER STATE.

It was yet another tragic day for the people of Shiroro after enjoying relative peace for few months without attacks following the recent successes of our joint security force.

It was gathered that the terrorists numbering about 300 on 100 of motorcycles invaded the mining site in Ajata-Aboki where some expatriates are mining. The mining activities has been going on there for over 2years despite the security challenges in the area and the site has never been attack (something the locals have considered very strange) until yesterday.

The attacks was said to have been targeted on the expatriates to be kidnapped for ransoms. While the terrorists were making their ways to their targeted victims through many villages, they were heard telling the villagers not to run, maintaining that they did not come for them.

One of the locals was fun down whom they have asked about the road leading them to mining site. The villager refused to give them such information which later cost him his life.

The Terrorists are believed to be Boko Haram/ISWAP who were not initially domiciled in the area and who are not also Nigerians. Their long hair, pierced nose and mode of operation, chanting “Allahu Akbaar” point to that fact.

They grouped themselves into four, some wearing camouflaged uniform of military, Mobile Police and some Vigilante. They started to open fire after succeeding in kidnapping the expatriates silently. Seven 7 Mobile Police were gun down and and two Soldiers in the first gun battle.

And later at Unguwan Maji under Erena Ward where the military had planned to ambush the terrorists being their most probable exit route. But unfortunately, the military vehicle got stuck on the way due to the bad terrain which later exposes their plans to the terrorists.

The military engaged the terrrist since around 4pm till in the morning. This morning and as at the time of this report, 23 more bodies of the soldiers have been recovered. Many soldiers and mobile police are still missing.

While we register our condolence to the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Police Force, we pray for their souls to rest in eternal peace. Amin.

Salis M Sabo Esq.
The Spokesperson
Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA)

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