- Suspected gunmen reportedly killed nine soldiers in Sunke village, Zamfara state
- The attack was said to be retaliation on the earlier killings of repentant bandits by soldiers in recent time
- This came barely two weeks after Zamfara government raised alarm over possible attacks on seven local government areas by suspected insurgents
Nine soldiers were reportedly killed by unknown gunmen on Thursday, October 3, at Sunke village in Anka local government area of Zamfara state.
Sunke community is 30 km south of Anka town, the local government headquarters.
Daily Trust reports that the gunmen arrived on motorcycles, firing at soldiers and policemen.
According to report, it was a reprisal attack on the earlier killing of bandits by soldiers.
“Soldiers killed some repentant bandits and they vowed to avenge the attacks. The repentant bandits mobilised their men and raided the army formation in the village,” a source said.
When contacted on the incident, the spokesman of Operation Hadarin Daji in the state, Captain Oni Orisan, promised to get back to the reporter but did not before press time.
According to The Nation, the spokesperson of Operation Hadarin Daji in the state, captain Oni Orisan, when contacted said: “Give me sometimes I will get back to you."
Up to the time of filing this report, he had not responded or returned multiple calls.
The attack is coming few days after it was reported that hundreds of gunmen crossed through Anka and Maru local government area in Zamfara state.
According to report, the gunmen in their hundreds were all dressed in Nigerian military uniform. Sources within the local government areas claimed that the bandits numbering over 500 moved in a convoy around communities.
In reaction to the report, the spokesperson for the Zamfara police command, Muhammad Shehu, had said the group had no link with Boko Haram or any other deadly groups operating in the north.
According to him, they were some of the repentant ones making their way through the communities to Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state. He added that they attending a meeting on how to possibly deal with some unrepentant bandits among them.
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