Zamfara bandits kill five Nigerian soldiers, cart away weapons

An ambush by bandits in Zamfara has left five Nigerian Army personnel dead, with their weapons also carted away, Peoples Gazette has learnt.

The incident occurred at about 01:40 p.m. on Wednesday, after bandits ambushed a Hilux vehicle belonging to the army along Tsafe and Yankara villages in the state.

Military sources identified the slain personnel as including three lieutenants, a warrant officer and a sergeant. The Gazette has withheld their identities to allow enough time for military authorities to contact their families.

They were said to be returning from Gusau, the state capital, when they were ambushed.

Five AK-47s belonging to the troops were carted away, military sources said. However, the army could not immediately confirm the bandits’ casualties.

A spokesman for the Nigerian Army did not immediately return a request seeking comments about the attack on Thursday evening.

The northwestern state has in recent times seen a spate of kidnappings and attacks on villages, with schools and security formations being bandits’ targets.

The incessant attack led to a shutdown of telecommunication services in the state on September 4, although attacks are still being regularly reported.

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