In a recent ambush in north-western Nigeria, no less than 23 Nigerian soldiers have lost their lives.
The Nigerian security sources have revealed that the armed militants opened fire on the soldiers as they walked through a forested part of the Jibia district in Katsina State that led to the casualties.
The officials said that by far, the bodies of 23 soldiers have been accounted for while some are still missing. They added that the search for missing soldiers is under way and the death toll could take an upward stride.
Bandits involved in cattle rustling and kidnappings have hiked their attacks on security forces. The experts opine that the bandits could be forging ties with hard-line groups in the region, that could posit further threats and complications.
The Katsina State of Nigeria has witnessed a wave of attacks by armed militants and according to official reports, since 2011 over 8,000 people have been killed, hundreds of communities destroyed and over 200,000 people displaced.