Niger: Soldiers kill scores of fleeing bandits

Nigerian soldiers

Battle ready soldiers camping at Maganda village, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, turned the heat on fleeing bandits, killing scores of them and wounding several others in battle.
The bandits met their waterloo in the camp at Alawa forest while escaping from their bases in Zamfara and Katsina States, where the military have been making life unbearable for them in recent times. A fierce gun battle ensued between the bandits and soldiers.
Daily Sun reports that at the end of the gun battle, one soldier was said to be missing while scores of the bandits were neutralized and several others escaped into the forest with bullets injuries. Those who escaped with serious bullets wounds are still being trailed by the soldiers as the entire forest is being combed in search of the escaped ones.
About six machine guns and a number of AK 47 riffles and bags of ammunition were recovered from the bandits.
According to a source close to Allawa community, most of the bandits killed all look like foreigners as they have no resemblance of Nigerians.
“In fact from the dead bodies that we saw, they are not Nigerians, these are 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 because they did not know that there is a soldiers’ camp there,” the source said.
He disclosed that though one soldier was killed by the bandits, the soldiers recorded a huge success by killing several of them, stressing that “as I speak with you the bodies of the bandits killed are still littered in the bush”.
This is one of the major breakthroughs recorded by the Military in its war against armed bandits in the state in recent times.
It would be recalled that the bandits had in April this year, invaded the Military Base in Alawa, and killed five soldiers and a mobile policeman. The entire military camp was razed down by the armed bandits who invaded the base at about 3:00am when soldiers had just returned to their base from area patrol.
After the invasion of the military base, the bandits moved to the community where they killed seven people and abducted a number of villagers.
Meanwhile, the District Head of Wawa in Borgu local government area, Dr. Mahmud Aliyu who was abducted by armed bandits barely a week ago have regained his freedom.
The District Head was set free by the bandits on Friday evening without payment of any ransom money, according to source close to his palace.
The Police Public Relation Officer, of the Niger state command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the release of the monarch.