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Insecurity hampers rescue of 30 miners trapped in Niger

By George George Idowu

A mining site collapse in Galkogo village, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger state, which has resulted in the death of one person and left more than 30 individuals trapped.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Abdullahi Baba-Arah, reported on Tuesday in Minna that the incident occurred on Monday

Baba-Arah confirmed that one person had died, six were rescued with severe injuries, and over 30 people remained trapped.

He attributed the collapse to heavy rainfall, impacting the soil and causing instability.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by ongoing collapses at the site, prompting rescuers to flee for safety.

In addition, insecurity in the area has complicated rescue operations, with full details yet to be obtained. Excavators have been deployed to aid in the rescue.

The director-general also reported persistent bandit attacks in the region, noting a recent incident on Sunday in Adogo Malam village where six individuals were kidnapped.


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