No fewer than 11 soldiers have been killed in a fresh attack on a military base in Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna state by suspected gunmen.
The gunmen reportedly attacked the base, situated in Polwire village, in large numbers on Monday and engaged the troops in a fierce gun battle.
According to reports, the terrorists came on motorcycles and carrying heavy weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades (RPG). The fight was said to have lasted for about two hours before the soldiers were subdued by the terrorists’ superior firepower.
According to a military source, “We lost 11 men while 19 soldiers were wounded in action after they overwhelmed the troops. They also burnt down three armoured personnel carriers, (APC), after they overwhelmed the troops”.
It was gathered that the bandits also carted away several weapons from the troops.
However, a statement by the chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU), Ishaq Usman Kasai, confirmed the death of three vigilantes, saying the attack took place on Sunday, around 3 pm.
According to him, the terrorists, suspected to be members of the Ansaru group, were believed to be coming from Niger State when they attacked the military base
According to reports, those soldiers that were wounded were conveyed to Birnin-Gwari General Hospital and 271-Nigerian Air-Force Medical Center, while those who were killed were conveyed to the 44-Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna.
At the time of the report, there was no official statement from either the Police, Army, or the State government.