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Bandits Assassinate soldier, 29 others in Kaduna attacks

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Gunmen struck again on Thursday, killing nine in attacks on Kaduna State communities.

Some gun-wielding attackers also invaded a military base in Niger State, killing a soldier and 20 vigilantes.

The attack took place in Kotonkoro village, Mariga council area, it was learnt.

After invading the military base, the gunmen reportedly ambushed the vigilantes.

The attack happened on Wednesday night, it was gathered.

The commandant of the vigilantes Abu Hashimu confirmed the killing of his men yesterday in a telephone interview.

He said that 16 vigilantes were killed on the spot while the others were shot as they tried to escape.

The commandant said the bodies of the slain men have been recovered and buried.

It was also learnt that a combined team of security men have begun a manhunt for the bandits in Dutsen Magajiya forest.

The state government confirmed the death of the vigilantes, saying it will deploy all resources to catch the bandits.

Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane confirmed the killing of the vigilantes and the soldier.

In Benue State, armed assailants disguised as buyers also stormed a market, killing one and leaving nine others with varying degrees of injuries.

The Kaduna attacks took place in Birnin Gwari and Giwa councils.

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