Latest News

Insecurity: Airstrikes kill 11 soldiers, injure 70 persons in Zamfara bandits’ attack

About eleven soldiers have lost their lives, and well over 70 villagers sustained various degrees of injuries after a Military airstrike missed its target in Malele and Mutungi communities of Zamfara State.

According to an eye witness, Nuhu Dansadau, the bandits had on Saturday invaded Malele community of Dansadau Emirate in Maru Local Government Area, with the youths in the village putting up resistance.

However, the bandits later reinforced and doubled their numbers to attack the communities again thereby forcing them to send SOS to military operatives in Dansadau who responded swiftly and engaged the outlaws in a shootout.

It was gathered that the bandits reportedly ran to the nearby village of Mutungi and sought cover in a market from where they exchanged fire with military operatives. The eyewitnesses who spoke to Newsmen said that most of the bandits were overpowered, killed while some ran away with multiple injuries.

Dansadau, however, said the bandits’ collaborators had informed them that soldiers were coming after them, leading to the bandits setting up an ambush for the soldiers which led to a protracted gun duel.

He said “When the tension became too much, the commanding officer of the army in Dansadau axis requested for the support of the Nigeria Air Force. It was the air strikes that affected many villagers.”

About 67 villagers in the Mutungi community sustained various degrees of injuries with seven of the injured Dead-On-Arrival at the Ahmad Yarima Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau, the state capital.

“For 11 soldiers and seven civilians to die and scores injured by airstrikes is very unfortunate, perplexing and embarrassing to the Nigerian military,” he lamented.

He also noted that 26 villagers were also seriously injured in Mutungi community, with 20 others receiving treatment at Dansadau General hospital at the time of filing this report.

When newsmen visited the Ahmad Yarima Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau, some of the victims said it was a serious gun battle between the military and the bandits.

The victims claimed they were not injured by bandits or military operatives but rather sustained injuries during their struggle to escape.

Some of them spoke fearfully of a bandit kingpin popularly known as Damuna whom they claimed had kidnapped 225 persons in the nearby village of Randa, with 61 of the victims killed by guns while 50 others were slaughtered by knife and 10 subjected to serious tortures that killed them.

Recall that bandits on Saturday blocked Dansadau road leading to the markets and many parts of the state thereby forcing traders and farmers to stay indoors whilst some looked for where to hide.


Source link

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button
%d bloggers like this:

Adblock Detected

Adblocker Detected Please Disable Adblocker to View This PAGE