Niger: Suspected Bandits Invade Military Camp, Set Vehicle Ablaze

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Suspected bandits in the wee hours of Wednesday attacked a military camp located in Zazzaga community, Munya LGA of Niger state, sources have disclosed.

The gunmen were said to have come in groups around 4:00 am and started shooting sporadically as they invaded the community.

The first group it was learnt, attacked the military camp located near a junior secondary school in the area, while a second group blocked the major road that leads to the community.

A third group was said to have surrounded the community, which prevented the youths and vigilantes from organising for reinforcement.

The suspected bandits, who reportedly engaged the soldiers in a gun battle, set a military vehicle ablaze, while the food store in the camp was burnt, even as no soldier had been confirmed to have died during the attack, while one officer was said to be missing.

Efforts to get comments from the army and the Niger State police command were unsuccessful at the time of this report.

However, a police officer who preferred anonimity, confirmed the attack, describing it as a “military affair”.

The incident came weeks after gunmen stormed a joint task force base in Allawa and Basa communities in Shiroro, killing five soldiers and one mobile police officer.

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