The Army spokesperson did not entertain questions.
The Commander, 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Mohammed Tasi’u, said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists.
The hideout used by the gunmen, located along Line `A”, Alu Estate in Bado area of Sokoto, was also demolished immediately after the operation, Mr. Tasi’u said.
Several arms and ammunition, money and vehicles were among items recovered from the hideout, while some arrests had been made, he added.
The army boss refused to entertain questions from journalists about the raid.
Sources said that the victims had engaged the security operatives in a gun battle from about 12 midnight to 9 a.m.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Shua’ibu Gambo, had earlier confirmed the incident, saying that the raid followed a tip off.