The Police in Niger Monday confirmed the repel of attack by bandits on Malfa village in Shiroro local government area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman, confirmed t N) he development in an interview in Minna.
Usman said the armed bandits numbering about 100 attempted to invade Malfa from Dogon Gona Forest, but added that they were resisted by personnel of “Operation Puff Adder” policing the area.
“Personnel of `Operation Puff Adder’ were strategically stationed in the area to prevent influx of bandits from neighbouring states,” he said.
Usman stated further that the police engaged the bandits in a gun battle, forcing them to move towards Lukube enroute Dogon Gona Forest owing to police superior power and manoeuvres.
According to him, the bandits re-group and launched a counter attack on the villagers, adding that one Abdullahi Masaki was shot in the leg.
He said the victim had been taken to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Hospital, Minna, where he received medical attention.
The commissioner said there had been massive reinforcement of other security agencies in the area.
He said the Kaduna state police command had been alerted about the movement of the bandits towards the state in order to ward them off.
Reports said that no casualty was recorded on the part of police during the attack. (NAN)