At least, eleven soldiers have lost their lives to gunmen attack on a military base in Polwire village, Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna state.
The armed men invaded the base on Monday and opened fire on the troop, sources told TheCable.
The bandits reportedly came on motorcycles and carrying heavy weapons including rocket-propelled grenade, dislodging the soldiers after about two hours fight.
“We lost 11 men while 19 soldiers were wounded in action, after they overwhelmed the troops. They also burnt down three armoured personnel carriers (APC) after they overwhelmed the troops,” one of the military sources said.
The gunmen were also said to have carted away with several weapons from the troops.
The wounded soldiers were evacuated to Birnin Gwari General Hospital and 271 Nigerian Airforce Medical Center while those who were killed have been evacuated to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna in Kaduna.
Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesperson, was not immediately available to comment on the attack.
In past recent months, there has been a series of attacks on Kaduna communities, including military bases.
In August 2021, gunmen attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy, killing two officers.
The attack on the military base comes days after gunmen attacked a train in Kaduna, which left several people dead and scores injured.