Armed bandits have reportedly captured a Nigerian military base in Zamfara State, despite the ongoing land and aerial offensive against the armed criminals in the state.
According to Peoples Gazette, military sources disclosed that the bandits attacked a forward operating base in Mutumji, Dansadau, about 80 kilometres from Gusau, the state capital, at about 10:30am on Saturday.
The publication said officials disclosed that 12 fatalities were immediately confirmed, comprising nine Nigerian Air Force officers, two police officers and one Nigerian army soldier.
It was said that all the slain personnel were evacuated to Yerima Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau, while the three others who were wounded are receiving treatment at a brigade medical facility.
It was further stated that the weapons seized by the attackers were from the killed service members.
The bandits also set ablaze other equipment at the facility.
The number of security forces manning the base was not immediately clear.
The base is said to have served as a crucial point of operation for logistics and reconnaissance efforts to rout out bandits operating between the eastern flank of Zamfara and western Katsina.
About two months ago, the criminals shut down a Nigerian Air Force jet, forcing the pilot to eject and run for several kilometres to be safe.
Telecom signals have already been shut down across Zamfara, with regulators saying the demand came from the military with the intention of barricading the bandits in the forests and eliminate them.