Armed bandits allegedly raided a military base in Zamfara state, Nigeria, killing 12 soldiers, several local sources have confirmed.
Local sources told Premium Times, a Nigerian online Newspaper, that at least 12 personnel were confirmed dead while three were wounded in the attack on Forward Operating Base in Mutumji, Dansadau Local Government of Zamfara State.
The attackers also seized weapons from the killed service members and set ablaze other equipment in the facility.
The attack on the military base came as a reprisal to tons of offensives launched by the Nigerian military against the bandits in parts of Zamfara and Katsina states in the northwestern parts of Nigeria.
The government had earlier ordered a shutdown of all telecoms infrastructures in the areas to aid a full scale onslaught on the armed bandits.
In July, 2021, bandits shutdown an Airforce plane between Zamfara and Katsina boundaries. The pilot of the plane, Flight Lt Abayomi Dairo, narrowly escaped being killed, after ejecting from the plane, with the assistance of local villagers.
In recent times, bandits have been responsible for the multiple abductions of hundreds of school children, mostly in the northern parts of Nigeria.
The Nigerian military authorities are yet to comment on the issue citing unconfirmed inquests into the reports.