Villagers Flee For Safety As Armed Men Outrun Military Base

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KATSINA, Nigeria – Mediaage NG News – More than 100 armed men stormed a nearby military camp last Sunday night before setting vehicles ablaze and ransacking the area in Nigeria’s north western state of Katsina, leaving villagers to scamper for safety. Many have fled to nearby villages to seek refuge, reports say.

The military base hosts soldiers, police and other security forces, in Batsari local government area of Katsina state.

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According to Premium Times, a military source said the attackers burnt down two army vehicles. However, no soldier was killed, according to the source.

A resident told Reuters news agency that the gunmen, who arrived on motorcycles and a truck, overwhelmed the military forces after a three-hour exchange of gunfire.

After the assault on the military camp, the gunmen moved into Nahuta, where they looted shops and homes, stealing goods and livestock worth millions of naira.

Armed gangs, known locally as bandits, who kidnap for ransom, have wreaked havoc across Nigeria, killing hundreds, despite numerous military operations.

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