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Gunmen Kill Three Policemen In Kaduna

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Three policemen attached to Operation Safe Highways in Kaduna State have been killed by bandits during an exchange of gun battle in Sanga Local Government Area of the state.

Police spokesperson in the state, Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday explained that the police operatives who were  deployed to Gwantu Divisional area  in Sanga Local Government were ambushed by the gunmen while on patrol at Aboro Village along Fadan Karshi -Nimbia Forest in the local government on Tuesday.

He added that the gunmen opened fire on  the police patrol team through a thick bush in opposite direction, and in the process, killed two Police Inspectors, Bobai Bature, Daniel Dogo, and a Sergeant, Mamman Ahmadu.

Sabo disclosed that reinforcement has since been deployed to the area for general combing to ensure that the culprits are apprehended and brought to face justice.

He also disclosed that the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, is greatly saddened by the unfortunate incident and commiserates with the families of the gallant men who laid down their lives for the good of their country,.

He assured that the culprits will not escape the long arms of the law.

…Culled from channels.

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Niger Army Kills 63 Terrorists In Attack On Military Base

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Heavily armed assailants stormed a military base in Niger on Thursday killing 25 people and leading to fierce clashes that killed 63 “terrorists”, the defence ministry said, in an area where dozens died in a previous jihadist attack.

The raid near to the volatile frontier with Mali by attackers in vehicles and on motorbikes began in Chinegodar, in the western Tillaberi, at 01:00 pm (12H00 GMT), defence spokesman Colonel Souleymane Gazobi said on television.

“The response with the combined air support of the Niger air force and partners made it possible to strike and rout the enemy outside our boundaries,” he said. Partners often means US drones in the Sahel, or French fighter planes or drones in the country.

He put the toll at 25 dead and six injured on the “friendly side” and on the “enemy side 63 terrorists neutralised”.

The attack happened in the same region Tillaberi, also bordering Burkina Faso, where 71 Niger soldiers were killed in a December attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, that saw hundreds of jihadists storm a camp near the border with Mali with artillery.

It was the deadliest on Niger’s military since Islamist extremist violence began to spill over from neighbouring Mali in 2015, and dealt a blow to efforts to roll back jihadism in the Sahel.

That attack spurred leaders of the G5 Sahel nations to call for closer cooperation and international support in the battle against the Islamist threat.

Militant violence has spread across the vast Sahel region, especially in Burkina Faso and Niger, having started when armed Islamists revolted in northern Mali in 2012.

Thousands of civilians have also died and more than a million have been forced to flee their homes since the jihadist revolt began.

Analysts note an escalation in the jihadists’ operational tactics, which seem to have become bolder and more complex in recent months.

Ranged against them are the impoverished armies of Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, plus a 4,500-man French force in the Sahel and the 13,000-man UN force in Mali, MINUSMA.

The Sahel region of Africa lies to the south of the Sahara Desert and stretches across the breadth of the African continent.

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