After several bandits’ attack, army closes military base in Niger


After bandits launched an attack on a military camp in Zagzaga community of Munya local government area, Niger state, the Nigerian Army has shut down its camp and evacuated its soldiers.

The gunmen had on Wednesday invaded the military camp and engaged the soldiers in a gun battle, setting a military vehicle ablaze and destroyed the food store in the camp.

While no soldier was confirmed to have died during the attack, one officer was said to be missing.

The soldiers however moved out of the community in what the secretary to the state government, Ibrahim Matene, called a “tactical withdrawal”.

Matene further noted that the military camp was closed temporarily for tactical reasons, stressing that the military had been stationed in the community for the past five years due to the notorious nature of the area.

However, hours after they moved out, it was learnt that the bandits launched coordinated attacks on communities in the area, kidnapping over 15 persons.


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