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Bandits attack military base in Zamfara, kill 12 personnel, steal weapon

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Nine airforce, two policemen and a Nigerian army personnel have died following an attack by bandits on a Forward Operating Base in Mutumji, Dansadau Local Government of Zamfara State.

Three others were said to be injured, during the attack. Thr security operatives were said to have just concluded patrol when they came under attack.

This is coming amidst heightened offensive by security forces against bandits in the North-west region of Nigeria, which has seen mobile telephone network disconnected in Zamfara and neighboring Katsina state.

During the attack, the bandits also carted away weapons and other equipment from the slain security personnel while also setting ablaze other parts of the base.

A source at Defence Headquarters, who spoke in anonymity, told Premium Times that, “Operation are ongoing in that area and there is total shut down of GSM communications.

“Our troops are consolidating on successes recorded so far. Information on ongoing operations will be premature at this stage.

“Let us all join voices in ensuring out troops once and for all deal with the menace of insecurity in the NW and NC. They need not be distracted for now.”