September 27, 2021
Gunmen have attacked a joint military camp in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd) confirmed the attack but was not sure of the number of casualties.
However, multiple reports suggest that many may have died following the attack.
Residents of the area and security sources said that the gunmen attacked the base, code-named “Burkusuma Camp”, in the early hours of Friday, killing an unknown number of military personnel.
According to the sources, the Gunmen came in their large numbers and started shooting at the camp from all angles.
Meanwhile, a former Chairman of Sabon Birni, Idris Muhammad Gobir, also known as Danchadi, told newsmen that the “Burkusuma Camp” was attacked with several security operatives in the place still missing.
He said the gunmen also burnt down two patrol vehicles and carted away another one which was used to convey food items stolen from the villagers.
Another resident of the area who pleaded anonymity, equally confirmed the development, explaining that some vehicles were sent to evacuate the corpses of the fallen heroes. He said over 10 trucks conveying armed military personnel are in the forest trailing the bandits.
A personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who sought anonymity, said that three persons from the agency were among the casualties. After carrying out the attack, the gunmen later went to another village, Katsira, and shot four persons.
Two of the victims died instantly while others were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital. The gunmen also abducted three persons from the village.