Terrorists engage troops in shootout in border city of Abuja

Gunmen are facing Nigerian army troops in a shootout in Madalla, Niger state, newspaper punch reports. According to the report, the terrorists stormed the Zuma Rock checkpoint, near the Zuma barracks, and began shooting sporadically. The checkpoint is located along the Abuja-Kaduna highway which has seen attacks by armed men. Eyewitnesses have said that there is a serious traffic jam in the area as motorists have been forced to abandon their vehicles and run for safety. Army and police spokesmen were not available for comment as they did not respond to phone calls or text messages. The latest attack on the military checkpoint comes a few days after terrorists launched a similar attack on presidential guards in Abuja. PREMIUM TIMES reported how troops from the guards brigade, in charge of the security of the Nigerian president, were ambushed. Two officers (a lieutenant and a captain) and six soldiers were killed in the attack, while at least four others, including the commanding officer who is said to be a lieutenant colonel, were injured and taken to hospital. While the Nigerian military and government were silent about the attack, the Kogi state government announced on Tuesday that the two officers killed were from the state. On Thursday, the federal government finally confirmed the attack with National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno saying the soldiers “were ambushed and decimated” by the terrorists. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Terrorists engage troops in shootout in border city of Abuja