20 January 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen Ambush Soldiers' Convoy, Kill Two in Kogi

It was a black Saturday for the military as they lost two of their colleagues while several others were injured when their vehicles were attacked by gunmen in Kogi State.

The soldiers who were travelling in two luxury buses were believed to be coming from some military formations in the southern parts to Kaduna when the incident occurred at Abobo village along Okene -Lokoja-Abuja Expressway

An eyewitness said that the gunmen, who might have gotten wind of the movement of the soldiers laid an ambush on them with Impoverished Explosive Devices (IEDs) and small arms.

"At about 6.30 am, we heard a loud explosion and staccato gunshots. Initially, we thought we were being invaded. We wanted to run into the bush but when we saw soldiers, we became relaxed. The area was spattered with blood," he said.

He stated that the soldiers who were taken unawares did not pose any threat to the attackers,adding that before reinforcement could come, the gunmen had fled.

Commissioner of police, Kogi State Command, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Katsina, who confirmed the incident, said the buses came under coordinated attacks by some hoodlums, using weapons and remotely controlled IEDs.

Katsina said the attack occurred at 6.30am on Saturday in between two hills. He, however, said that he was not in a position to give the rate of casualty as investigation was still on.

The police chief stated that the command was able to recover a high calibre active bomb, as well as some weapons from the scene of the incident.

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