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Kebbi State Under Siege As Terrorists Kill 82 Security Operatives In Two Attacks

Terrorists had attacked the convoy of the deputy governor of Kebbi state in northwest Nigeria, killing 13 soldiers and five police officers while travelling to commiserate with the communities that lost at least 63 armed vigilante members in a single terror attack.

At least 82 security personnel, including 13 soldiers, six police officers, and 63 vigilantes, were killed by terrorists in Kebbi State, Northwest Nigeria, between  Sunday and Wednesday (March 6 – 9, 2022).  

The terrorists who were initially from Niger State in North-central Nigeria, killed at least 63 members of the vigilante known locally as Yan-Sa-kai in Dirin Daji, a village in Sakaba Local Government Area (LGA) under Zuru Emirate in Kebbi State, on Sunday after trapping the vigilante members while they were on a mission to repel their attack in the village.

Condemning the attack, President Muhammadu Buhari urged security operatives to step up their efforts to thwart the terrorists’ operational plans before launching attacks in the area.

“This egregious level of criminality is shocking, and I want to assure Nigerians that I will do all it takes to tackle this monster decisively,” he was quoted as saying.

“My greatest preoccupation is the threat to life posed by these murderous gangs and remorseless outlaws who have no slightest regard for the sanctity of life,’ he added. 

However, while the deputy governor was in the affected areas for a condolence visit, the terrorists targeted him. They ambushed his entourage in Danko Wasagu LGA, which shares boundaries with Sakaba LGA, killing 19 security personnel on Wednesday evening.

According to a resident of the area, Labaran Magaji,  the deputy governor, was miraculously saved during the three-hour attack.

“They overpowered the security agents present because they fought from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

“The deputy governor was miraculously saved while his security details were trying to repel the attack.

“If not because of the soldiers that came, the bandits would have overrun the village and killed the deputy governor,” he said.

HumAngle tried to reach the Zamfara Police Command, but the spokesperson’s phone number was unreachable.

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Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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