Bandits kill a senior military officer, two soldiers in attack on Katsina village
A senior Nigerian Army officer and two soldiers were killed by bandits in Unguwar Doka village of Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State on Thursday in an ambush.
The bandits were said to have invaded the villages on Thursday night and started shooting indiscriminately in the process, the soldiers and some civilians were killed.
The bandits, who were said to have armed themselves with AK-47 rifles invaded the village on motorcycles where they launched the deadly attack.
The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko also confirmed the incident in a statement issued to journalists at the Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari, Katsina.
Onyeuko said in the statement that troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY responded to a distress call on September 24, 2020, that bandits attacked Unguwar Doka village and swiftly mobilised to the area where they cleared the bandits.
He explained that during the encounter, troops neutralized 21 bandits, while others escaped with gunshot wounds into the forest “as evident by the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route”.
He reiterated that the soldiers rescued three kidnapped victims, including an eight-month-old baby who had been in captivity for more than 23 days and recovered one AK-47 and three motorcycles from the fleeing hoodlums.
“Regrettably, resulting from the encounter with the bandits, one gallant officer and two soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice, while two other soldiers were wounded in action and are currently receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively.
“The fearless troops have continued to pursue the bandits into the forest and dominating the general areas with aggressive fighting patrols to deny them any respite,” Onyeuko said.