The Niger State Government have confirmed the attack at a mining site in the village of Ajata Aboki, Erena Ward of the Shiroro Local Government Area.
In an announcement made on Thursday, it is confirmed that Major Anara and Captain Abubakar Samido were two of the soldiers killed in the terrorist attack that took place at around 2:00 p.m on Wednesday.
Unknown numbers of security personnel, including police officers, were shot and killed.
A joint security team engaged the terrorists, and there were “yet to be determined number of casualties from both sides,” said Emmanuel Umar, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs of Niger State.
Unknown numbers of mining site employees, including two Chinese nationals, were reportedly kidnapped.
“Security forces mobilized additional resources for the rescue of the injured victims, including security personnel who suffered various degrees of injuries and were transported to a government medical facility in the state for treatment, as well as for the manhunt of the remaining terrorists as some of them were neutralized.
While expressing sympathy to the state’s security chiefs and the families of the dead personnel, the Niger State Government assures them that their sacrifices will not be in vain.
Security personnel are urged not to be discouraged in carrying out their sacred duties of protecting citizens against all forms of threats because government will remain steadfast in providing them with the needed support in all ramifications.
The state government acknowledged all the efforts of the joint security operatives and that of the communities in the State towards taming the spate of insecurity in some parts of the state.
The governor of Niger State, His Excellency Abubakar Sani Bello, “has therefore directed that the security agencies should go to great lengths to ensure the safe return of the kidnapped victims and make sure that none of the terrorists escape,” according to the statement from the government