Terrorists locally known as bandits for two days camped in Gulange village of Rafi-Kagara local council, Niger State from where they moved to attack neighbouring villages.
The assailants would return to Gulange with a herd of cattle they had rustled from the villages they had attacked, according to Ahmed Mohammed, a source around the axis.
The source explained that the marauders sacked the entire village and made it a temporary home. However, the villagers returned home after the terrorists advanced forward as a result of reinforcement by military operatives.
“Bandits camped in Gulange village, rustled cows from other villages and returned to the camp while some of them are in Akare village of Wushishi local government area,” he said. “They get what they need from other villages and return to where they camped.”
While operating in Injin Barde and Kumbo Villages, they killed Ali, a 70-year-old man and another 60-year-old Lawal around 3: 30 pm on Tuesday.
But the terrorists did not go scot free, WikkiTimes gathered. Security operatives deployed to Zungeru-Tegina highway launched a counter-attack against them and scores of them were gunned down, the source claimed.
Yesterday evening around 07:00 pm, the military airstrike thwarted a planned attack on some villages, Mohammed told WikkiTimes earlier today.
“Military airstrike neutralized them yesterday in their camp,” he said. “About six motorcycles and 100 cattle stolen by bandits were retrieved when the military struck them.”
Efforts to reach Edward Gabkwet, spokesman for the Nigeria Air Force proved futile as he did not respond to calls and text messages at the time of filing this report.
The marauders have been on the loose since last week when they invaded Niger State. But they seem to be entrapped by the security operatives. They have been wandering around some villages in Rafi-Kagara and Wushishi local councils as they inflict residents.