11 Soldiers Killed in a Fresh Attack
About 11 soldiers have been killed in an attack by suspected gunmen on a military base in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
The gunmen who came in large numbers were said to have invaded the base at Polwire village on Monday, 4 April, and engaged the troops in a fierce gun battle.
According to The Cable, military sources stated that the bandits came on motorcycles, carrying heavy weapons including rocket-propelled grenades (RPG).
The fight was said to have lasted for about two hours before the soldiers were dislodged.
“We lost 11 men while 19 soldiers were wounded in action after they overwhelmed the troops. They also burnt down three armored personnel carriers (APC) after they overwhelmed the troops,” one of the military sources said.
The gunmen were also said to have carted away several weapons from the troops.
According to reports, the wounded soldiers were evacuated to Birnin Gwari General Hospital and 271 Nigerian Airforce Medical Center while those who were killed have been evacuated to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna (44 NARHK) in Kaduna.
The Cable/ Oluwayemisi Owonikoko