- An Army captain has been killed on gunmen who invaded a community in Munya local government area of Niger state
- The captain was killed alongside three soldiers - a staff sergeant, two corporals in the area
- It was also gathered that the gunmen had ambushed the team accompanied by some Police officers in the bush
A Nigerian Army captain and four soldiers have been killed by some gunmen in an ambush in Sarkin Pawa in Munya local government area of Niger state.
The Nation reports that three other soldiers were also injured in the attack that left the captain who led the soldiers - a staff sergeant, two corporals in an operation in the area.
It was gathered that the deceased were said to have responded to a distress call by residents of Gwar community in Munya local government area when the incident took place.
The gunmen had invaded the area carrying out a house to house rad but immediately took after their sighted the team who had been deployed from the base Zazzaga community.
They (the gunmen) took cover in the bush where they ambushed the team accompanied by some armed policemen in their armoured vehicle.
On sighting the team, the gunmen fired shots at them killing the captain on the spot while the soldiers were hit during the gunfight which lasted for over one hour.
Also, the operational vehicles - two Hilux vehicles were burnt - while the gunmen carted away with the team's Machine Gun (MG) riffle.
Confirming the incident, the chairman of the Munya local government area, Mohammed Dazz, said the gunmen who were about 30 in number invaded the community holding residents hostage.
Dazz said: “I personally provided logistics to the soldiers before they left for the operation, both the soldiers and the police were overpowered due to a large number of the gunmen."
“One hour after they left for the scene, they came back with bullets holes in their armoured vehicle and the glass shattered."
“As I speak with you now, they have killed four soldiers and three others seriously injured. They have also burnt the Hilux Van of the soldiers," he said.
He also said that the bodies of the soldiers were taken to the Sarkin Power police station after the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an attack by some suspected Boko Haram insurgents was repelled by troops of the Nigerian Army in Michika local government area of Adamawa state.
The attack which took place on Thursday, January 2, resulted in a stampede with residents scampering for safety.
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