The 1 Division, Nigerian Army Kaduna, has confirmed that one soldier was killed Saturday evening in Rigasa area of Kaduna metropolis when the military engaged same gunmen in a crossfire.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations,1 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka, said,another soldier sustained injury during the attack,while one of the gunmen was killed.
Mr. Kukasheka also added that a number of the gunmen escaped with bullet wounds.
“Our men engaged a terrorist group in a gun battle at Sabon Gari, Rigasa area, in the process, the army suffered a casualty, where a soldier is killed and one other injured,” he said. “We are still combing the area with a view to rounding up the remnant of the group who have gone into hiding in the area.”
“We are therefore urging the public to please come forward and report anybody with gunshot wounds in the area. We are also urging the public to come forward with useful information about any suspicious movement in their area,” the Army spokesperson added.
A witness said the military were engaged in over two-hour gun battle with the terrorist group between 8.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday night.
The witness, who pleaded anonymity, told our reporter that , the incident occurred just about 100 metres from the house of the ‘Sarkin Arewan Rigasa.’
The incident caused pandemonium in the area, forcing residents to abandon their places of business and scamper for safety.
“We have even gone into a ‘self- imposed curfew’ because we heard that the army are coming back for reprisal attack against the residents,” the witness added.
However, the Army PRO refuted the claim saying, “such claim is not true,all innocent residents can go about their normal activities without any fear of harassment or attack by security agencies.”