Eleven gunmen killed by vigilante group in central Nigeria

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Eleven gunmen were killed in a weekend raid by a government-backed vigilante group in central Nigeria’s Kogi State, said a local official Monday.

In a statement released Monday, Onogwu Muhammed, a spokesman for the state government of Kogi, said three kidnapped persons were rescued unhurt during the raid which took place Saturday in the Koton Karfe local government area of the state.

One security officer and his accomplice, alleged to be supplying weapons to criminal gangs to undertake heinous crimes in that part of the country, were also detained by the vigilante group, said Muhammed.

The gunmen, known as bandits in Nigeria, had been terrorizing various communities in the Koton Karfe local government area of Kogi, killing, kidnapping, and maiming local people, which prompted the vigilante group in the state to organize themselves, backed by the government, to carry out the raid on the gunmen’ hideouts, the official said.

“The successful operation by the security operatives was done in series and with a detailed account,” Muhammed added, noting such security success by the operatives was “a welcome development and a proof that the security architecture of Kogi was strong and solid enough to quash all forms of criminal vices.”

There have been a series of gunmen attacks in Nigeria in recent months, leading to deaths and kidnappings. Enditem

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