- An unknown number of personnel lost their lives during an attack by armed bandits in Sabon Birni, Sokoto state
- The bandits were said to have attacked a joint military camp codenamed “Burkusuma Camp” on Friday, September 24
- The unfortunate incident was confirmed by Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd), the Sokoto state commissioner for carriers and security matters
Sabon Birni, Sokoto - An attack by armed bandits on a Nigerian military camp in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state has left many personnel dead.
The bandits attacked the base, codenamed “Burkusuma Camp”, in the early hours of Friday, September 24, Channels TV reports.
Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd), the Sokoto state commissioner for carriers and security matters who confirmed the incident, wasn't sure of the number of casualties.
Residents of the area and security sources revealed that the gunmen in their large numbers attacked the base, killing an unknown number of military personnel.
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15 killed at Dama village
In another report by Vanguard, bandits allegedly killed 15 people in the base located at Dama village.
A Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel who pleaded anonymity confirmed that three persons from the agency were among the casualties.
Idris Muhammad Gobir, a former chairman of Sabon Birni, said several security operatives in the place are still missing after the attack.
According to him, the bandits also burnt down two patrol vehicles and carted away another one used to convey food items stolen from the villagers.
The spokesman of the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Yahaya Ngulde is yet to comment on the issue as at the time of filing this report.
ISWAP fighters reportedly set military base on fire in Borno
The criminals were said to have carted away weapons after a fierce gun battle with the troops. The fighters rode on about 10 utility vehicles to storm the military formation at Kwamdi village, Damboa local government area.
An unnamed source was said to have claimed that there was a sand storm and the criminals used this to penetrate the base.
Many killed as fleeing bandits run into a military camp in Niger
Meanwhile, it was the end of the road for scores of armed bandits fleeing the ongoing military operation in Zamfara and Katsina states as they were neutralised by soldiers at Maganda village near Allawa in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
The bandits were allegedly trying to escape through the notorious Alawa thick forest on Friday, September 10, when they ran into the military camp stationed at Alawa.
A gun battle ensued and after several hours, the security operatives came out victorious. Scores of the armed criminals did not live to tell the story while others managed to escape into the forest with bullets wounds.