By James Danjuma, Katsina
Two security operatives, including a soldier and officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have lost their lives in an attack on a military base in Katsina state.
The incident which occurred on Tuesday night at about 10pm, happened at Shinfida village, in Jibia Local Government Area.
According to a credible source, the terrorists stormed the base wielding automatic weapons, and began shooting sporadically.
Several of the security operatives were said to have been injured, and were taken to an undisclosed hospital in the state for treatment.
He said that the terrorists also burnt down two patrol vehicles and drove away another which they used to convey food items stolen from surrounding villages.
According to him, “The terrorists attacked the military base located within Government Day Secondary School Shinfida last Tuesday. They killed one soldier and one Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officer on the spot and left many others with injuries.
“They attacked the military base on their motorcycles. Despite the efforts of the military personnel, the terrorists killed the two victims and set ablaze two patrol vehicles and drove away one with food items stolen from neighbouring villages”.
In September last year, terrorists had ambushed troops of the Special Army Super Camp 4 who were advancing on foot in the area and killed there military operatives, including a Major, a Captain and a Lieutenant, with several others injured.
Though security had relatively improved in the state in recent months, there are, however, pockets of violence that occur from time to time, especially in frontline council areas.
Affected councils are located closed to the dreaded Rugu forest, an expanse of forest reserve that extends into most states in the northwest and Niger Republic and beyond.
Though the Nigeria Army didn’t respond to inquiry on the incident, spokesperson for NSCDC in the state, DSC Muhammad Abdara, however, confirmed the incident.
Abdara, who didnt give detail of what happened, said, “Yes, we lost one officer during the attack.”