Nigerian Army neutralizes 23 Boko Haram Insurgents, recover arms (Photos)

Scores of armed men, Tuesday evening, attacked a village, Kampanin Doka in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state killing 12 soldiers. The soldiers are among a special detachment of troops sent to the village to ensure security for expatriates and others working on a new road linking Zamfara State with Kaduna through Dansadau-Dangulbi and Birnin Gwari. One of the foreign engineers working at the site was last year kidnapped by unknown gun men but was later released. After that incident, all the workers, including the expatriates fled the site but were mobilized to come back on the conditions that will be provided security. A source close to the emirate council who pleaded anonymity said the bandits attacked the soldier’s camp between 8pm and 9pm on Tuesday killing three soldiers in a hole and nine others in the camp. He said, “We gathered that the soldiers had caught a thief in a village called Maganda in the area and were taking him back to their camp when some personnel of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) asked them to hand over the thief to them which the soldiers refused. “The same police followed the soldiers to their camp in Kampanin Doka and again asked them to hand over the thief to them, but the soldiers still refused. Around 8pm on Tuesday, bandits attacked the soldier’s camp and killed three soldiers in a hole and nine others in a tent in the camp.” He added, “Members of the community kept calling us when the attack was taking place, but there was nothing we could do since we don’t have any weapons, all we did was to alert the emir and other security personnel with the hope that they could come to their aid.” He said the bandits had a day before that attacked Maganda village and shot nine people who are receiving treatment in the hospital. He called on the state government to find a way to tackling the menace of armed bandits in the area saying, “It is so unfortunate that the government has not deemed it fit to declare the bandits as terrorists and are still describing the attacks as farmer/herdsmen conflict, this is not the case, in fact, now there are no cows in the area because of banditry.” When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, 1 Division Headquarters Kaduna, Colonel Muhammad Dole said, “We are preparing a press release which will be released to the media as soon as possible, please give me some time. He did not however confirm if soldiers were killed in the attack. A social media message by the Birnin Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance corroborated the story. It read, “A military detachment and members of the vigilante in Doka village has successfully repelled an attack by armed bandits numbering about 120 on a motorcycles around 10.05pm on Tuesday night. “The attackers had earlier attacked Maganda District on Monday on a revenged mission over the killing of Buhari Tsoho a. K. a Buharin Daji. Nine people critically injured at Maganda, mostly Vigilante group. “After Maganda, the Armed bandits moved toward Kampanin Doka at the junction road leading to Gwaska and Dansadau. But gallant soldiers and brave youths of Doka successfully repelled the attack. Many casualties on the side of the bandits recorded and they escaped with the wounded. “Although we had informed the Kaduna State government on the attack three days ago and the military, government officials dismissed our credible information by not taken appropriate action to forestall the attacks by armed bandit. “Once more, we the people of Birnin-Gwari are under siege and in need of protection of the government. Our youth and volunteers are ready to assist security agencies to confront armed bandits in our territory. “We will remain vigilant and await government of Mall. Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai response to this security challenges in Birnin-Gwari local government.” Daily Trust learnt that an unidentified army general visited the camp Wednesday morning in his official car to assess the situation.

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday, June 12 announced that no fewer than 23 members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, have been killed in villages in the Lake Chad region and weapons were also recovered.

According to a statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the terrorists were killed during an operation carried out by soldiers in the Lake Chad region on Monday.

Nigerian Army neutralizes 23 Boko Haram Insurgents, recover arms (Photos)

Nigerian Army neutralizes 23 Boko Haram Insurgents, recover arms (Photos)

He however said some of the insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds. The operation, he disclosed further, was carried out by troops of 153 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with the support of its Cameroonian Defence Forces counterpart.

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Some of the items said to have been recovered were six AK 47 rifles, two FN rifles, eight AK 47 rifle magazines, 33 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition, one link of 7.62mm NATO and two motorcycles.


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