No fewer than 11 soldiers and 3 vigilantes were feared dead when terrorists attacked a military base in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It was also gathered that 19 others were injured.
A source who confirmed the attack said the bandits have invaded the base located at pole wire and engaged the soldiers in a fierce battle.
According to him, the bandits came on motorcycles and carrying AK47 rifles including rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).
He said the open confrontation with the bandits lasted for about two hours before the soldiers were eventually subdued by the hoodlums .
“We lost 11 men while 19 soldiers were wounded in action, after they overwhelmed the troops.
‘They also burnt down three armoured personel carriers (APC) after they overwhelmed the troops,”
It was gathered that the bandits also carted away several weapons from the troops.
Also speaking in an exclusive interview with the Nigerian Tribune, the chairman of the Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union, Ishaq Usman Kasai who also confirmed the death of three vigilante said the attack took place on Sunday around 3pm.
According to him, the terrorists suspected to be members of the Ansaru where believed to be coming from Niger state when they attacked the military base.
‘When we heard to run and seek refuge elsewhere. Most of the residents slept outside Birnin Gwari town.
He said normalcy had just returned today around 10 am, saying, the Kaduna /Birnin Gwari is the most dangerous road.
Findings gathered that those soldiers wounded have been conveyed to Birnin Gwari General Hospital and 271 Nigerian Airforce Medical Center, while those who were killed have been conveyed to the 44 military hospitals in Kaduna.
At the time of filing the report, there was no confirmation from the police, Army and the state government.