Gunmen ambush soldiers in Niger State, kill 2, injure 18

By AdvocateNews on 03/10/2021

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Armed men on Saturday  ambushed soldiers and killed two and injured several others during a rescue mission in Madaka community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

About 13 of the soldiers who sustained bullets injuries are being treated at government facilities in Minna, the state capital, while those said to be critically injured have been taken to Kaduna for serious medical attention.

The soldiers who were among those stationed at Kagara, the headquarters of Rafi LGA of the state, were ambushed when they went to rescue 28 members of the community who were earlier abducted.

One of the injured soldiers, Major D. Omale told the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello who visited them in hospital that the bandits numbered about 200, riding on motorcycles. They ambushed them on top of a hill from where they engaged them (soldiers) in gun battle.

Two of the soldiers were killed while about 18 sustained various degrees of gun-short injuries. The gunmen, according to him, suffered major casualties but were able to evacuate all their dead, squishing them on their motorcycles.

Major Omale told the governor from his hospital bed that the gunmen were all dressed in the same military uniform like them (soldiers), suggesting that they are not kidnappers.

He said the battle field was in Madaka, Kukoki and Kaore, all in Shiroro LGA where the chairman of the council, Mallam Suleiman Chukwuba confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents had taken over, and were now forcefully recruiting youths in the areas to join them.

Speaking after receiving first-hand information from the injured soldiers, the governor while condemning the attack on the soldiers, vowed that the fight against the gunmen terrorising the state must continue.

He, however, said that the soldiers should change their tactics in confronting the criminals making lives meaningless to the people of the state, and assured them of the state government’s support in other to secure the state.

This latest attack on the soldiers came barely five months after gunmen, numbering about 100 attacked military camps in Allawa and Bassa in the same Shiroro LGA, killing five soldiers and a mobile policeman.

The gunmen also reportedly set a military base in Allawa town on fire and burnt down their operational vehicles, forcing the military to shutdown the camps that were reopened a month later after a series of meetings with the state government. – The Sun

Posted 03/10/2021 07:31:59 AM


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