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Nigerian Soldiers, Bandits In Gun Battle Near Abuja

According to a security officer and witnesses, armed bandits and Nigerian soldiers engaged in a spontaneous gunfight on Thursday night close to Abuja.

According to witnesses, there were no initial reports of casualties in the conflict between Zuba and Madalla, two satellite villages of the capital city of Nigeria, with Madalla being a part of neighboring Niger State.

According to eyewitnesses, the bandits were allegedly attempting to enter the capital from the east when they were stopped by Nigerian soldiers at joint security forces roadblocks close to Zuma Rock.

“We were going on patrol when we heard about an ongoing fight between soldiers and bandits,” a police officer in the nation’s capital told Peoples Gazette by telephone late Thursday. “They tried to radio us that it was a bad situation there.”

The officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not an authorized police spokesperson, claimed that the situation was too hazy to provide additional information about the attack. It was unknown whether Suleja Barracks had been attacked, but soldiers there were reportedly placed on high alert.

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Witness reports, as well as social media videos, showed a serious traffic jam as drivers stayed stranded on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway out of fear of getting caught in the crossfire.

Zuba resident Abdullahi Saidu spoke with The Gazette about the bandits’ alleged attacks on villages as they rummaged along the roadway.

“The bandits attacked some villages near Madalla and packed food on their motorbikes,” Mr Saidu said. “Some of the village people have been running towards Madalla because the bandits are riding their motorcycles to Abuja.”

An inquiry regarding the incident, which occurred three days after roughly a dozen troops were killed by bandits in Bwari, another neighborhood of the Nigerian capital, was not immediately answered by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army.

There was no independent corroboration of the Nigerian Army’s claim that 30 bandits who took part in the operation were killed, and the military’s internal document did not mention enemy deaths during the battle near the Nigerian Law School.

President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly offered security services fresh instructions on how to stop the spreading insecurity during a meeting of national security leaders he convened earlier on Thursday at the State House.

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According to a security officer and witnesses, armed bandits and Nigerian soldiers engaged in a spontaneous gunfight on Thursday night close to Abuja.

According to witnesses, there were no initial reports of casualties in the conflict between Zuba and Madalla, two satellite villages of the capital city of Nigeria, with Madalla being a part of neighboring Niger State.

According to eyewitnesses, the bandits were allegedly attempting to enter the capital from the east when they were stopped by Nigerian soldiers at joint security forces roadblocks close to Zuma Rock.

“We were going on patrol when we heard about an ongoing fight between soldiers and bandits,” a police officer in the nation’s capital told Peoples Gazette by telephone late Thursday. “They tried to radio us that it was a bad situation there.”

The officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not an authorized police spokesperson, claimed that the situation was too hazy to provide additional information about the attack. It was unknown whether Suleja Barracks had been attacked, but soldiers there were reportedly placed on high alert.

READ MORE: FG To Launch Grants For Vulnerable People

Witness reports, as well as social media videos, showed a serious traffic jam as drivers stayed stranded on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway out of fear of getting caught in the crossfire.

Zuba resident Abdullahi Saidu spoke with The Gazette about the bandits’ alleged attacks on villages as they rummaged along the roadway.

“The bandits attacked some villages near Madalla and packed food on their motorbikes,” Mr Saidu said. “Some of the village people have been running towards Madalla because the bandits are riding their motorcycles to Abuja.”

An inquiry regarding the incident, which occurred three days after roughly a dozen troops were killed by bandits in Bwari, another neighborhood of the Nigerian capital, was not immediately answered by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army.

There was no independent corroboration of the Nigerian Army’s claim that 30 bandits who took part in the operation were killed, and the military’s internal document did not mention enemy deaths during the battle near the Nigerian Law School.

President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly offered security services fresh instructions on how to stop the spreading insecurity during a meeting of national security leaders he convened earlier on Thursday at the State House.

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