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Bandits Overrun Military Base In Zamfara, Kills 12 Officers

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Suspected armed bandits have overrun a Nigerian military base in Zamfara. The operating base which is located in Mutumji, Dansadau.

About 80 kilometres south of the capital Gusau was attacked at about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 according to Peoples Gazzette .

It is reported that the military immediately confirmed 12 fatalities, comprising nine Nigerian Air Force officers, two police officers and one Nigerian Army soldier. It was not immediately clear the level of fire that the soldiers returned to prevent the base from being sacked.

This no doubt is a major setback in the campaign to curb violent crimes across the state.

All slain personnel were evacuated to Yerima Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau and the three wounded have been receiving treatments at a brigade medical facility, officials said.

The report also revealed that the bandits seized weapons from the slain service members and set ablaze other equipment in the facility.

The number of security forces manning the base was not immediately clear. The base has served as a crucial point operation for logistics and reconnaissance efforts to rout out bandits operating between the eastern flank of Zamfara and western Katsina.

It can be recalled that the military is currently carrying out various raids on bandits in Zamfara which the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has described as very successful, with the state government also saying barrage of attacks on bandits by security forces had made them make a fresh overture to the government seeking dialogue.

Telecom signals have already been shut down across Zamfara, with regulators saying the demand came from the military who wanted to barricade the bandits in a forest before eliminating them.

The Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force is yet to officially comment on the incident.

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