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Gunmen kill nine soldiers in Zamfara

Valentine Chinyem

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Nine soldiers were on Thursday killed by unknown gunmen in an attack suspected to be a retaliatory attack on the security men in Sunke village in Anka local government area of Zamfara State.

An eyewitness who spoke in anonymity, disclosed that, the gunmen in their dozens riding motorcycles arrived the village and began shooting sporadically at the soldiers stationed in the village, which led to the death of about nine of them.

He added that the soldiers were taken unawares by the gunmen who from all indications were out only for the troops as they left without attacking other people in the village.

A highly-placed government source said the attack seemed to be in retaliation on the earlier killings of repentant bandits by the soldiers.

“Soldiers killed some of the repentant bandits and they (their colleagues) vowed to avenge the killing. The repentant bandits mobilided their men and raided the army formation in the village,” he said.