(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
At least 30 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush after
gunmen attacked a mine in the Shiroro area of Niger state earlier
this week, three sources said on Saturday, Trend reports citing Reuters .
The troops were among security forces deployed to search for
mine workers, including four Chinese nationals, said to have been
kidnapped during the attack on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Umar, the commissioner for state security in
northwestern Niger, initially said an unknown number of people had
been killed during the mine attack in Ajata Aboki village.
When the security forces responded to the attack, the gunmen
ambushed them and opened fire, killing 30 soldiers travelling in
three trucks, two army sources in Shiroro and Minna, the Niger
state capital, said on Saturday.
'It's heartbreaking to lose our men who went for reinforcements.
It weakened us but we shall not relent,' said the soldier from an
army base in Shiroro, who cannot be named because he is not
authorised to speak to the press.
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