Residents flee as army evacuate Niger community after deadly ambush

Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed to combat terrifying terrorists in the Allawa axis of the terror-ravaged Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State, North-central Nigeria, have evacuated after two officers were killed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on Wednesday.

Garba Mohammed, the Niger State Commissioner for Homeland Security and a former major-general, said on Thursday that the soldiers were recently dispatched to the area in response to the axis’ continued attacks.

Mr Mohammed added that, in addition to the two officers killed by IEDs, nine others were injured and are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed institution in the state. The residents who don’t want their names revealed confirmed the commissioner’s calculations.

However, the commissioner explained that the withdrawal of the soldiers was in line with “administrative arrangement” for reinforcement against the terrorists.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Onyema Nwachukwu, a brigadier-general, declined to comment on the development on Thursday.

Responding to PREMIUM TIMES’ SMS enquiry, Mr Nwachukwu said, “I think we need to be a little bit discreet about impending and ongoing operations so as not to jeopardize them.”

Wednesday’s military casualties added to the list of six officers of the Nigerian Army that have lost their lives to terrorists in the axis within one week.

Last Friday, terrorists killed five soldiers and a captain in some villages — Roro, Karaga and Rumace — in Bassa ward in Allawa district.

Fleeing the terror yet to come
Local sources said as the soldiers prepared to leave the garrison town of Allawa, the residents and other refugees also fled to other places.

On 3 February, an IED detonated by Boko Haram insurgents taking cover in Allawa Games Reserve, killed some unsuspecting locals traveling along Allawa-Pandogari road.

This forced the military to close down the road until Wednesday when the newly deployed officers plied it.

Two weeks after the IED attack in February, the insurgent besieged Allawa again, razing over 30 houses and looting foodstuffs, livestock and other valuables.

Hitherto, the terrorists had launched terror attacks on surrounding villages of Allawa, including Bassa, Kukoki, Samunaka, Unguwar Sarkin Noma, and Kaliya Pangu, among others.

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