Some unknown gunmen have killed three soldiers, together with a captain in an ambush in Sarkin Pawa under Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.
According to our correspondent, people that were involved in the incident include a captain, who led soldiers in the operation, a staff sergeant and two corporals.
The soldiers were said to have acted in response to distress calls from Gwar community in the Local Government where the gunmen had invaded and were carrying out a house to house raid.
The soldiers, upon receiving the distress call, mobilised from their base in Zazzaga community and headed to Gwar, they were accompanied by some armed policemen in their armoured vehicle.
It was learnt that the criminals had taken off when they sighted the soldiers but laid an ambush for them as they followed them into the bush.
The gunmen were said to have started firing immediately the soldiers entered into the bush, killing the captain at the spot.
While, the three (3) other soldiers were killed during the shootout with the criminals, which lasted for more than hour.
The gunmen burnt two Hilux vans of the soldiers and went away with Machine Gun riffle.
Alhaji Mohammed Garba Dazz, the Chairman of Munya LGA, confirmed the incident to journalists, saying the gunmen numbering about 30 invaded the village and held them hostage for hours before soldiers came to their rescue.
Chairman of Munya LGA said, “I personally provided logistics to the soldiers before they left for the operation, both the soldiers and the police were conquered due to a large number of the gunmen.