Army troops, police repel deadly attack in Tsafe, killed several bandits, lost two vigilantes

By: Zagazola Makama

Troops of the Joint Task Force Northwest Operation, Hadarin Daji, and the Nigerian police have repelled what could be described as a deadly attack in Tsafe local government in Zamfara state.

It was gathered that hundreds of the terrorists alleged to be led by Yusufa, the younger brother to Dogo Gide and Damtawaye, wielding riffles on motorcycles, invaded Tsafe Town in at about 11pm on Sunday, in an attempt to attack the School of Health Technology to abduct students.

The bandits decided themselves into three groups, one group dispatched through the bypass and headed to the school of health while the two other groups came into Tsafe Town.

Zagazola Makama gathered that the vigilant troops deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB), Tsafe, responded swiftly in collaboration with the Community Protection Guards, engaging the bandits in a heavy gun battle to prevent them from infiltrating into the town.

The bandits were chanting “Ina Yan Askarawa” (where are the Community Protection Guards) when the troops intercepted them. In the gunfight that ensued, several bandits were killed while two members of the Community Protection Guards paid the supreme price.

The bandits also set two hilux vehicles belonging to the CPG and soldiers ablaze and took their dead corpses.

The third group of bandits were intercepted by the police on the bypass before getting to the college. The police engaged the terrorists in a heavy shooting and fired several teargas, which forced them to withdraw.

The deployment of the attack aircraft by the Nigerian Airforce forced the bandits to flee.

During their withdrawal, the bandits burst into a private home and abducted some road construction workers, before fleeing the scene.


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