How army Major, Sampson Raymond, was killed in Zamfara ambush
Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano
Terrorists on Wednesday and Thursday killed four security personnel in separate attacks in Zamfara and Katsina states respectively.
In Zamfara State, a local source who pleaded anonymity said the soldiers were ambushed by the terrorists while they were responding to a distress call from residents of Yar Dole community of Kaura Namoda.
The source said: “The team leader, Major Sampson Raymond, gave his contacts and that of other soldiers to residents to call them if they ever come under attack.
“We all knew him (the major). Anytime we anticipated bandits’ attack, we would just call him and he would come. Even on Wednesday, he was called by the people of Yar Dolen Kaura but unknown to them the bandits had stationed some of their men on the road”.
He said the officer and two other soldiers were killed while others sustained injuries.
“Yes, we lost one of the gallant officers in the state because the officer was very dedicated. Immediately they were ambushed, security agents were sent on reinforcement and the bandits were also killed and wounded but you know they don’t leave their friends’ corpses behind. The Council helped take the wounded soldiers to the hospital,” a local staffer, who also sought anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press, said.
In a related development, it was gathered by PREMIUM TIMES that terrorists attacked a joint security checkpoint not far from the Nigerian Army Battalion Natsinta Barracks on Jibia road.
A local source, Ibrahim Ali, said the terrorists came on motorcycles from the Bugaje village axis of the road and started shooting.
“I heard the roaring of their motorcycles from my house then suddenly, I began hearing gunshots. In the morning, we heard that the attack was at the checkpoint. We’re happy in this area because we think with these checkpoints, we would be safe but it was terrible hearing those gunshots yesterday,” he said.
A security source said the terrorists targeted officers of the joint security force and killed a customs officer. The Nigeria Customs Service spokesperson in Katsina, Tahir Balarabe, confirmed the killing but said he would not comment officially because the slain officer belonged to the Strike Force.
“Yes, it happened as you said but we’ve not released a statement because, though he was our colleague, he was an officer of the Strike Force. So, you people should wait for the strike force to release an official statement on the attack,” he said.