Nigerian Police Say 17 Killed in Gun Attack on Southwestern Town

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Nigerian police said 17 people were killed by gunmen who invaded a southwestern town and robbed five banks.

Nine policemen and eight civilians died in the April 5 attack on the town of Offa in Kwara state, police spokesman Moshood Jimoh said Sunday in an emailed statement. Eight suspects arrested in connection with the incident have admitted involvement, he said.

Nigeria has seen a surge in violent crime such as robbery and kidnap for ransom, adding to President Muhammadu Buhari’s security challenges, which include militant attacks in the northeast and simmering unrest in the oil-rich Niger River delta. Troops are on security duty in all of the country’s 36 states.

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