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JUST IN: Terrorists sack Allawa military base , kill soldiers, steal army vehicles, 300 cows

They burnt down the camp, killed some soldiers, stole two military vehicles and carted away weapons.

The terrorists, mounted on 100 motorcycles also invaded Mariga town in Mariga local government area of the state and rustle over 300 cows.

Although there was no killing here, sources close to the vigilante, said almost all the cattle in the town were rustled away.

The gunmen, also in hundreds reportedly stormed Allawa town about 10;00pm on Thursday and made their way straight to the Military camp.

They engaged the soldiers in a fierce gun battle which lasted for several hours.

According to a source close to Allawa town, there were casualties on both sides but details of the actual casualties were still sketchy as nobody could go in or out of Allawa town.

A number of the villagers were equally caught in the crossfire between the soldiers and the gunmen.

The entire town is now deserted as the villagers have escaped into the bush.

This latest onslaught by the gunmen is coming barely one week after a similar attack, which targeted the Joint Security TaskForce camp at Galadiman Kogo.

No fewer than 11 members of the security TaskForce and unspecified numbers of civilians were killed.

Houses, food barns, vehicles and other properties worth millions of naira were burnt down by the gunmen.

In April last year, the gunmen invaded the same military camp in Allawa, killing five soldiers and an Inspector of Police.

This led to the shutting down of the camp by the Military.

It was reopened a month after with more troops deployed.

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Written by Adesoji OMOSEBI

BSc Agric Science

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