The Nigerian Army has confirmed that 18 soldiers were killed, eight injured and two others still missing in the attack by bandits in Kanya community of Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State, which occured Tuesday evening.

The soldiers involved were from the 223 Battalion stationed in Zuru,
Kebbi State, according to reports.

T he attack occurred while the deputy governor, Samaila Yombe, and
the army commanding officer in Kebbi were visiting the community.
According to the official brief, titled “Special situation report”, the
officers involved were from Team 10 of the battalion.

The communication, however, noted that troops’ morale and fighting
efficiency remain high.

Bandits have been perpetrating atrocities across the Nigerian North-west
and Niger State in the North-central, defying a military onslaught
targeted at flushing them out of their hideouts in forests across the

Two days before the attack on the soldiers, bandits on Sunday massacred
63 vigilantes also in the state.