A soldier has been shot dead by bandits during exchange of gun fire in Akoti village near Kagarko town in Kaduna State.
DailyTrust reported that three other soldiers and a civilian were injured in the attack.
A resident, Yahaya Ubaidu, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, said it happened around 5pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, when some soldiers engaged bandits in Akoti, one kilometre from Kagarko town.
He said the soldiers were alerted after the bandits rustled over 100 cows from neighbouring Kasangwai village and were passing through Akoti village. The soldiers arrived and a shootout ensued.
He explained that the soldiers who came to Akoti village in two gun trucks were taken unawares as the bandits opened fire, killing one of them and injuring three others in the process.
“One of the villagers who was trying to run to safety was hit by a stray bullet from the bandits and he is currently receiving treatment at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) in Gwagwalada.” he said.
The victim, seen with bandages on his waist and stomach, said the bandits who overpowered the soldiers, burnt down one of the soldiers’ gun trucks and escaped with the cows.
The Madaki of Janjala, Samaila Babangida, confirmed the incident.
“From the information I received this morning, the soldiers came from Kaduna to evacuate the three injured soldiers and the corpse of the one killed.” he said.