Gunmen suspected to be bandits

have attacked the convoy of

President Muhammadu Buhari in

Katsina State.

The Senior Special Assistant to the

President on Media and Publicity,

Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a

statement on Tuesday.

He explained that a convoy of cars

carrying the advance team of

security guards, as well as protocol

and media officers ahead of the

President’s trip to Daura for Sallah

came under attack near Dutsinma in Katsina.

The attackers, according to Shehu,

opened fire on the convoy from

ambush positions, but they were

repelled by operatives of the military, police, and the Department of State Services (DSS) accompanying the convoy.

He stated that two persons in the

convoy who sustained minor injuries were receiving treatment while all other persons made it safely to Daura.

The attack on the President’s

advance team is the latest in the

series of criminal activities by the

outlaws who have continued to

terrorise communities in the North

West and parts of the north-central

region of the country.

On Wednesday last week, bandits

invaded a mining site at Ajata-Aboki in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State where some persons were killed, and others abducted.

Thirteen policemen and civilians

reportedly lost their lives to the

incident while four Chinese nationals were among the victims said to have been kidnapped.

Amid reports that about 30 bodies of soldiers, who had responded to a

distress call on the attack were

recovered from the bush, the

Nigerian Army authorities said “a

number of personnel paid the

supreme price in the fierce firefight

that ensued”.

By Editor

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