Death Toll Rises To 10 In Nigerian Army Operation In Niger State


5 Aug 2016

Death Toll Rises To 10 In Nigerian Army Operation In Niger State

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The Nigerian Army said on Friday, August 5, 2016, that three soldiers and seven civilians died in a clash between soldiers and some residents of Kpaidna community in Niger state.

Major Njideka Agwu, the assistant director, Army Public Relations, 31 Artillery Brigade, Minna, said that the incident occurred at 2.00 a.m. on Friday in the community located in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

“The 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Minna, was on a joint operation with the Nigerian Air Force Quick Response Group in the area when we were attacked by the villagers, Major Awgu told the press.

“We were on a cordon and search operation in the village because we got intelligence report that there were caches of arms and ammunitions in the area.

“During the operation, three soldiers and seven civilians lost their lives, while 57 villagers were arrested by the joint operation.’’

Agwu said that arms and ammunition were discovered during the operation which was still ongoing.

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She said, “Trouble started when some of the villagers denied the military access to their houses to enable soldiers search for arms and ammunition believed to be stockpiled there.

“During the clash, six operation vehicles belonging to the army were destroyed by the villagers; four were set ablaze while two were vandalised.’’

Agwu enjoined law abiding citizens in the area to go about their normal businesses as the operation was to safeguard lives and property.

She urged members of the public with useful information that would lead to the recovery of arms and ammunitions in the area to report to the nearest security agency.

Bala Elkanah, the Police Public Relations officer in the state, confirmed the incident which he described as “purely military matter.’’

He said, “It was purely a military operation. We (police) were not involved.”

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News Source: TheTrentOnline, 9jaTales

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