Soldiers engage militia group in gunfight in Bauchi, 4 killed

Naij News | March. 18, 2018

- Armed militia in Bauchi attacked soldiers on Operation Lafiya Dole

- The army responded with superior gunfire

- 4 militia members were killed while 9 were arrested

Soldiers on Operation Lafiya Dole encountered an armed militia in Bauchi state resulting in an exchange of fire between the two groups.

In a statement by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu who is the director, army public relations, the encounter happened on Saturday, March 17 at Burra Junction in Ningi Local Government Area.

It was reported that the group opened fire on the soldiers who bravely retaliated killing four of them.

Nine Militia men were reportedly arrested while troops recovered their weapons.

Read the statement below::

Troops of 33 Artillery Brigade, in the on going OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE on fighting patrol, on 17 March 18 at about 12:30pm encountered members of militia group massing up at Burra Junction in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State. The militia men on sighting own troops opened fire on them. Troops reacted immediately by engaging the militia men. At the end of the encounter, 4 militias were killed. Troops recovered 5 Dane guns, 38 motorcycles and 9 bicycles. 9 Militia men were also arrested while a soldier who sustained gun shot wounds is stable, having been evacuated to the hospital and receiving treatment. Troops are closely in pursuit of the fleeing militias with the view of apprehending more of them.

Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello is expected to visit Ogane-Nigu and nearby communities in the Eastern Senatorial Zone of Kogi State following an attack carried out by armed bandits suspected to be herdsmen.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, March 16.

The state government said the attack was brought under control and that peace has been restored in the area. Governor Bello is expected to carry out a security assessment of the situation in the area.

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