Army Clarifies Hoodlums’ Attack on Troops in Zamfara, Repels Attack in Yobe

The Nigerian Army has clarified the attack on Military convoy in Zamfara State, Friday, adding that no soldier died in the encounter.
In a statement on Sunday by spokesman for the army, Brig-General Sani Usman, confirmed an ambush by suspected bandits against its anti-terrorism team around Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara.
Bandits had continued to terrorise innocent citizens in the state, especially in rural communities but troops of Nigerian Army had taken the battle to them in their locations.
He, however, said none of the soldiers was killed during the attack.
Usman also said the army headquarters was still gathering intelligence on the unfortunate development.
A source at the 223 Light Tank Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Gusau, the state capital, said that one soldier was wounded and two operational vehicles were burnt by the hoodlums.
The source also said a number of the hoodlums were killed by soldiers, while some escaped with bullet wounds.
“Soldiers are on top of the situation,” the source insisted.
Meanwhile, army said on Sunday that it has repelled an attempted attack on Goniri village in Yobe on Saturday.
Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, the spokesman of 3 Div. with tactical headquarters in Damaturu confirmed the botched attack.
Ogunsanya, however, could not immediately give details of the operation.
A villager, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said “the insurgents came in from the western flank of the village but were repelled by the soldiers.
“The soldiers had been on red alert since the attack on Sasawa village last Tuesday, making them battle ready.
“It did not take long when we heard the soldiers chanting victory songs, indicating that they were successful over the insurgents,” he said.
This is coming as two attacks were recorded in less than a week after a long period of relative peace enjoyed across the state.

Author: News Editor

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