9 soldiers reportedly killed as armed bandits invade military post in Zamfara

9 soldiers reportedly killed as armed bandits invade military post in Zamfara

- Nine soldiers were reportedly killed by armed bandits last week, in an area of the north-west wracked by cattle rustling and kidnappings

- Sources disclosed that a military post in the remote village of Sunke, Zamfara state was invaded by dozens of gunmen on motorcycles on Thursday, October 3

- According to residents, the troops were attacked by the bandits in retaliation for the killing of their comrades following a military raid on their camps in a forest nearby

- The attack was the first by bandits in the area in two months since a ceasefire began

Nine soldiers were reportedly killed by armed bandits last week, in an area of the north-west wracked by cattle rustling and kidnappings.

The development was disclosed by military and civilian sources on Monday, October 7, Guardian reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the sources stated that a military post in the remote village of Sunke, Zamfara state was invaded by dozens of gunmen on motorcycles on Thursday, October 3.

A senior military officer in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reportedly stated: “We lost nine soldiers. Investigations are ongoing to unravel what really happened.”

According to residents, the troops were attacked by the bandits in retaliation for the killing of their comrades following a military raid on their camps in a forest nearby.

The incident was said to have occurred despite an existing truce between the gangs and the regional government.

A local resident identified as Bube Mani reportedly stated that the attack was the first by bandits in the area in two months since the ceasefire began.

In a bid to end the violence, Zamfara authorities had struck a peace deal with bandits in July. The bandits were expected to surrender their weapons in return for amnesty.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its air component of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) had neutralised no fewer than 10 bandits at forests near Birnin Gwari and Janko Hill in Kaduna.

NAF director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, October 6 in Abuja, said the operation was conducted the previous day.

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