Seven men of the Nigerian army have been killed and another five suffered serious injury as Gunmen suspected to be bandits ambushed troops of the Forward Operational Base and that of the Special Operational Command operating in Kebbi State for the purpose of clearance operation.
According to military sources, the seven slain soldiers consist of four naval special force and three soldiers of the army.
Aside the seven soldiers, five other soldiers also sustained gunshot injuries from the bandits while two are still missing as at the time of writing this report.
In the report monitored on PREMIUM TIMES, the names of the slain officers are deliberately been withheld to enable the military authorities inform the families.
According to Sources who witness the unfortunate incident, it revealed that the bandits came in a large number which forced the troops to withdraw after engaging them for a while.
Some of the items the bandits carted away were seven AK 47 rifles, one anti aircraft gun and one Russian machine gun.
They however set ablaze four Toyota hilux vans and one automatic grenade launcher before fleeing into the bush.
Search and rescue operations are currently ongoing in the area for the missing soldiers.