Bandits kill 4 soldiers in Niger

Bandits kill 4 soldiers in Niger

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Suspected bandits have killed four Nigerian soldiers on Sunday in Sarkin Power in Munda Local Government of Niger State.

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The Captain who led the soldiers in the operation, a staff sergeant and two corporals as well as Civilians were ambushed and killed in the attack.

The soldiers were said to have responded to a distress calls from Gwar Community in Munya Local Government Area of the State, following invasion in the area by the hoodlums.

It was gathered that the soldiers, on receiving the distress call, quickly mobilized from their base in Zazzaga Community and headed to Gwar Community accompanied by some armed policemen in their armored vehicle.

Upon the arrival of the soldiers in the Community, the bandits took to flight and laid an ambush on the victims.

On sighting the soldiers, the bandits opened fire and killed the captain on the spot while the remaining soldiers engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for almost one hour.

Three other soldiers were killed and their two Hilux Vans burnt by the bandits.

The bandits also went away with the soldiers’ Machine Gun (MG) riffle.

The soldiers were over powered by the bandits who a source closed to the community said numbered about 30 and invaded the community in about ten motorcycles.

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The Chairman of Munya local government, Alhaji Mohammed Garba Dazz who confirmed the incident to our correspondent said the bandits held the community to hostage for several hours before the soldiers arrived.

He said he personally provided logistics to the soldiers before they left for the operation, saying that both the soldiers and the police were over powered due to the large number of the bandits.

“One hour after they left for the scene, they came back with bullets holes in their armored 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.

“The bodies of the soldiers have been brought to the Sarkin Power police station and am just from there. That is all I can tell you for  now”, he said.

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