NIGERIAN MILITARY REACTS TO FATAL KATSINA AMBUSH WHERE 16 SOLDIERS WERE KILLED

Written by on July 20, 2020

THE NIGERIAN MILITARY HAS GIVEN ITS ACCOUNT OF A FATAL AMBUSH OF ITS OFFICIALS BY BANDITS IN KATSINA, WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF ABOUT 16 SOLDIERS, WITH THE MILITARY SAYING ONLY THREE SOLDIERS WERE KILLED.

THE DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS SAID IN A STATEMENT ON SUNDAY, THAT TROOPS OF OPERATION SAHEL SANITY KILLED NO FEWER THAN 17 BANDITS IN AN OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE ARMED GROUP IN JIBIA LGA OF KATSINA STATE.

THE SECURITY AGENCY ALSO SAID IT RECOVERED FIVE AK 47 RIFLES, THREE DANE GUNS, TWO AK 47 RIFLE MAGAZINES, 152 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITION AND SEVEN MOTORCYCLES IN THE RAID, THE ACTING SPOKESPERSON OF THE SECURITY OUTFIT, BERNARD ONYEUKO, SAID IN THE STATEMENT.

THE MILITARY SAID IT SUFFERED THE CASUALTY OF AN OFFICER AND TWO SOLDIERS, WHILE FOUR OTHER SOLDIERS WERE WOUNDED IN ACTION.

THESE CLAIMS ARE, HOWEVER, AT ODDS WITH THE NARRATION OF SENIOR MILITARY OFFICIALS TO THIS NEWSPAPER. ACCORDING TO OUR RELIABLE SOURCES, AT LEAST 16 SOLDIERS, THREE OF WHOM WERE OFFICERS, WERE KILLED, AND 28 OTHERS WERE INJURED IN THE JIBIA AMBUSH ON SATURDAY.

ALSO GORY PICTURES OF THE SCENE AND THE FALLEN SOLDIERS ARE CURRENTLY IN CIRCULATION.

SOURCES ALSO DISPUTED THE NUMBER OF BANDITS THE MILITARY SAID WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK.

REPORTS SAYTHE SPECIAL ARMY SUPER CAMP 4 SUFFERED THE CASUALTIES WHILE THEY WERE ADVANCING ON FOOT AND WERE AMBUSHED BY THE ARMED MILITANTS FROM A HILLTOP IN JIBIA AT ABOUT 6:13 P.M. SATURDAY.


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