Bloodbath as 31 soldiers and over 50 gunmen die in battle

More bodies of soldiers killed in the mining site attack in Ajata Aboki in Erena, Shiroro local government area of Niger state on Wednesday,  have been discovered with the casualties figure now at 31 soldiers.

Also a Lt. Col. is said to be among the five soldiers currently receiving treatment at a government medical facility in Minna, the state capital.

Although there is no official figure from either the state government or the military authority on the number of soldiers killed in the attack that saw over 300 gunmen invading the mining site whose real owner is yet to be named, it was gathered that 31 bodies of the soldiers are currently undergoing embalmment at the IBB Specialist hospital in Minna.

According a source close to the community, over 50 gunmen were also neutralized by the soldiers who engaged them in a fierce battle which began at about 4:00pm.

The soldiers killed in the ambush according to a source, were those that came for reinforcement after the gunmen had invaded the mining site.

The gunmen who were said to have divided themselves into four groups used their numerical strength to inflict heavy casualties on the soldiers.

Daily Sun

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