Many killed as bandits flee into military camp in Niger




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Bandits trying to escape the ongoing military operation Zamfara and Katsina states met waterloo in the hands of soldiers at Maganda village near Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

The bandits, who were said to be escaping through the notorious Allawa Forest hundreds, ran into the military camp stationed at Alawa, and engaged the soldiers in a serious gun battle for several hours.

The PUNCH gathered that one soldier was reportedly missing at the end of the gun battle.

It was also learnt that scores of the bandits were neutralised and several others escaped into the forest with bullets injuries.

The PUNCH gathered that the bandits who escaped with serious bullets wounds are trailed by the soldiers as the entire forest is being combed.


It was gathered that about six machine guns and a of AK-47 riffles and bags of ammunitions were recovered from the bandits.

A source at Allawa community said, “ fact from the dead bodies that we saw, they look like foreigners, all of them are carrying long hair like women. They don’t have resemblance of Nigerians and they don’t know the terrain that was why they ran into the soldiers. They did not know that there is soldiers camp there.”

Bandits had April invaded the Military Base in Alawa, and five soldiers and a mobile policeman.

The entire military camp was razed by the armed bandits who invaded the base about 3:00 am when soldiers had just returned to base from an area patrol.

After the invasion of the military base, the bandits moved to the community where they seven people and abducted a number of villagers.

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