- Eleven soldiers have reportedly lost their lives in an attack by armed bandits in Kaduna state
- Armed bandits were said to have attacked a Nigerian military detachment at Kamfanin Doka
- Three soldiers reportedly sustained injuries during the attack
An attack by armed bandits on a Nigerian military detachment has reportedly left eleven Nigerian soldiers dead.
The bandits reportedly attacked the detachment at Kamfanin Doka, along Funtua road in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state, on the night of Tuesday, March 20, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng notes that a former chairman of the local government who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident. According to him, three other soldiers and nine members of a vigilante group sustained gunshot injuries.
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He said: “The bandits attacked the military base at Kamfanin Doka along Funtua road. 11 soldiers lost their lives while three sustained injuries.
“The bandits also ambushed our vigilantes at Maganga, about 44 kilometres from Birnin Gwari this morning (Wednesday, March 21) when they were rushing there to assist the soldiers. About nine sustained gunshot injuries. They were rushed to General Hospital Birnin Gwari for treatment.”
He stated that the bandits rode to the scene on motorbikes at 10.05pm on the night of Tuesday, March 20, to engage the soldiers in gun fights.
Confirming the incident, a religious scholar in the area stated that many people were reportedly killed. He said: “The incident occurred at Maganga area in the night and the bandits killed soldiers there and others that sustained injuries."
The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, One Mechanised Division, Muhammed Dole, said: “We are already in the bush trying to ascertain the situation. We will issue a statement, please be patient.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 11 Nigerian soldiers died and one was confirmed missing following an attack on them by gun runners and armed bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso local government area in Niger.
In a statement issued by the spokesperson of the army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, he explained that the troops were on an assignment to safeguard the area when they came under heavy attack.
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