Bandits have attacked a military base in Sokoto state and killed 16 officers of the army, police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The base of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ is located at Burkusuma village in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto and it is on the fringes of Nigeria’s border with Niger Republic.

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The attack reportedly took place on Saturday about 4 am leaving nine soldiers, four police officers (Mopol) and three NSCDC officers dead.

Candidreporters.com learnt that the bandits overran the base “in very large numbers”.

The police officers killed by the gunmen are Luka Kabaran, Saidu Malami, Kabiru Mohammed and Majir Shave.

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“It is not yet known whether their rifles were carted away by the bandits,” a situation report reads.

As of Sunday, a search party was still looking for officers believed to have escaped the attack and fled to Niger Republic.

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