On Wednesday afternoon, some soldiers were killed as they tried to repel an attack by bandits on travellers in Zamfara State.
Witnesses said the bandits also abducted many motorists in the incident which occurred on a road leading to Gusau, between Kucheri and Wanzamai in Tsafe local government area of the state.
According to a lecturer in Federal University Gusau,Maryam Gatawa, the attack lasted for more than 30 minutes.
She said she narrowly escaped being abducted in the incident.
“They had just finished abducting people when our vehicle arrived. I saw people in the villages running from their homes to safety,” Mrs Gatawa said.
She added that the soldiers were killed while trying to repel the attack.
The bandits were said to have abducted many motorists and carted away guns and ammunitions of the soldiers.
The Army Director of Public Relations, Onyema Nwachuku, did not pick calls to his mobile phone or respond to SMS requesting his comment on the reported attack.
According to a resident , Abubakar Bala Tsafe, “I heard that they blocked the Wanzamai – Kucheri road and they killed soldiers. The attack took place around 2:45 p.m. and they (bandits) were said to have closed down the road to ensure that security personnel did not come to the rescue of the motorists or villagers being attacked,”
Another motorist, who said that “around 2-3 this afternoon on my way from Abuja to Gusau, immediately after Yankara in Katsina, we met a closed road being manned by some security personnel. We later found out that there was an attack on soldiers on the road by bandits who were said to be operating on the road.”
He also stated that he helped police officers to evacuate the corpses of the soldiers.
The police spokesperson in the state, Mohammed Shehu, did not respond to calls and SMS sent to him on the attack.