By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau.
Suspected gunmen on Thursday killed about nine soldiers during a retaliatory attack on the security men in Sunke village in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
According to some eye witness accounts, the gunmen in their dozens on motorcycles arrived the village at began shooting sporadically at the soldiers station in the village leading to the death of about nine of them.
The sources added that the soldiers were taken unaware by the gunmen who seems who from indications that they were out only for the soldiers as they left without attacking other people in the village.
A highly placed government source said the attack seems to be retaliation on the earlier killings of repentant bandits by the soldiers in recent time.
“Soldiers killed some of the repentant bandits and they vowed to avenge the attacks. The repentant bandits mobilized their men and raided the army formation in the village,” he said.
When contacted the spokesperson of Operation Hadarin Daji in the state, captain Oni Orisan said he need time to verify the event.
“Give me sometimes I will get back to you”, he said.
As at the filling this report, he did not return multiple calls.
The attacks on soldiers came barely two weeks after the state government raised alarm over possible attacks on seven local government areas by suspected Boko Haram members.
It will be recalled that last Wednesday, resident of villages spotted dozens of armed men gangs riding motorcycles on the road at Mayanchi junction along Gusau – Sokoto highway.
The villagers said the gunmen claimed that they were heading to Birnin Gwari in the neighbouring Kaduna State.