Six persons were killed in an attack by suspected cattle rustlers in Kukoki community, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The council’s chairman, Mark Jagaba, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Minna that the attack lasted for about four hours.
He said that four Fulani’s and two Gbagyi’s were killed while several women and children were injured.
He said that members of the community reported that the suspects, numbering about 50 and armed with dangerous weapons, stormed the community at about 7.00 a.m. shooting sporadically.
Mr. Jagaba said the cattle rustlers stole over 700 cattle and undisclosed number of goats and sheep before fleeing the community.
He said the attack came barely three weeks after nine people were killed in a similar incident in Kurebe and Kwaki Chukuba wards of Shiroro Local Government Area.
He said that normalcy had since returned to the area.
The chairman appealed to security agencies in the state to assist a vigilante group in the area to curtail cattle rustlers and indiscriminate killings of innocent lives.
Confirming the attack, Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer, said that two suspects had been arrested while efforts were on to apprehend the others.
He said the command was yet to ascertain the actual number of cattle rustled by the attackers.
He said that the police had beefed up security within the community and its environs.
He said the police anti-cattle rustling team is searching the forest through which the invaders escaped.