- Bandits had attacked a joint military base codenamed “Burkusuma Camp” located in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State…
Nine soldiers fleeing bandits’ assault in Sokoto have been rescued by Nigerien troops.
It was gathered that the Nigerian soldiers were rescued at Basira, a border village under Gidan Roumdji district of Niger Republic, on Friday.
Bandits had attacked a joint military base codenamed “Burkusuma Camp” located in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, killing military and paramilitary officers.
The bandits also attacked Gatawa and other villages around the area.
Although the attack took place in the early hours of Friday, the information did not filter in until Sunday as the area is affected by telecommunication shutdown currently in force in Zamfara State and parts of Sokoto and Katsina.
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A member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Aminu AlMustapha Gobir, confirmed the attack, saying 12 security personnel were killed in action.
Also, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd.) confirmed the attack but said he was not sure of the casualty figures.
The attacks on the Sokoto communities were reportedly carried out by bandits from the combined teams of two Zamfara bandits’ kingpins, Halilu Sububu and Kachalla Turji.
“The bandits came in large number, surrounded the camp and started firing from every angle,” a former chairman of Sabon Birni Local Government, Engineer Idris Muhammad Gobir (aka Danchadi) said, citing eyewitnesses from the area.
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