At least 11 soldiers were killed in an ambush terrorists laid along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway in Kaduna State.
The 123km stretch Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway has been designated as one of the most deadly routes in northern Nigeria.
Security sources reported that terrorists, in their hundreds, ambushed and massacred the soldiers, setting two military Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) ablaze, on Sunday.
He said the terrorists were moving several herds of cows when the solders, suspecting the cows had been rustled, engaged them.
“The soldiers thought it was a few bandits and engaged them. Yes, they killed some of the bandits but the terrorists overpowered them. The terrorists did not leave their dead behind. They also burnt down two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs).”
Abdul Ahmed, a resident of Birnin Gwari, told said that on Monday morning, a military redeployment was sent to the area to evacuate the dead soldiers.
He said he counted about 11 corpses of soldiers loaded into a van.
In a video in the social space showed the corpses of the soldiers lying by the roadside.
This is one of the many attacks in Kaduna in the past few weeks.
An official of the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) was killed when bandits struck outside the Kaduna International Airport.
Also a Kaduna-bound train was attacked last week while many passengers were abducted and nine were killed.
Commenting on the attacks, Governor Nasir El-Rufai had said mercenaries might be hired if the Federal Government failed to act, but this triggered massive backlash.
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