No fewer than 15 bandits were reportedly killed in a gun battle between the military and bandits in Anguwan Mallam in the Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State.
A military officer was also said to have lost his life in the fight on the side of the Army.
According to reports, the incident occurred on Saturday evening at about 4pm when the military men on patrol of the area sighted the bandits in Anguwan Mallam some few kilometers from Kontagora town.
A source in the community said: “The presence of the military was what saved our community from the bandits. They came in their numbers on motorcycles and the people became scared because we don’t have what it takes to face them.
“But many were killed; we discovered dead bodies even today in the morning in the bush. We found their sleeping kits and some other valuable materials belonging to them.”
The state police command and military authorities are yet to make official confirmation of the incident.