Gunmen on Thursday attacked Kwasakwasa village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing several residents of the area including two soldiers.
Security sources told our correspondent that the soldiers had gone to comb the area for the bandits when they were attacked by the gunmen.
He said several people from three villages, whose number had yet to be ascertained, sustained varying degrees of injuries and were taken to the Birnin Gwari General Hospital.
When contacted, the State Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, said he had yet to get the details of the clash as of the time of filing this report.
Confirming the incident, the Assistant Director, Army Pubic Relations, One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. S. U. Kukasheka, said two soldiers were killed by the gunmen.
The Army spokesman said, “Yes, I can confirm to you there was an encounter between our soldiers and insurgents in Birnin Gwari in which a number of the assailants were killed. Unfortunately, we also sustained two casualties. Other details later.”
Our correspondent learnt that the attack occurred at about 6am on Thursday.
It was further gathered that three vehicles, belonging to the security operatives, were damaged during the attack.
Only last Saturday some gunmen struck in the area, killing four villagers. Birnin Gwari which shares border with Niger, Katsina and Zamfara states, is notorious for robbery.