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General News of Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

UPDATED: Bandits invade Nigerian Defence Academy, kill two soldiers, abduct one

Photo used to illustrate the story via Peoples Gazette Photo used to illustrate the story via Peoples Gazette

Two officers were killed and one abducted at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna following an invasion by armed men.

This was confirmed by a witness who told Peoples Gazette that the incident occurred overnight on Tuesday, August 23, 2021.

It was not immediately clear whether or not students were abducted.

Official Response

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) confirmed the attack by the bandits, saying its security architecture was compromised.

A statement on Tuesday, August 24 in Kaduna by the Public Relations Officer of the Academy, Maj. Bashir Jajira said two officers were killed while one was abducted.

Jajira said the Academy in collaboration with the 1 Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state had commenced a manhunt for gunmen with a view to tracking them to rescue the abducted officer.

The statement titled “Security breach of Nigerian Defence Academy architecture” reads: The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka.

“During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted. “The Academy in collaboration with the 1 Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.

“The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that these unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.”

Meanwhile, a civilian witness who spoke to Peoples Gazette earlier said three soldiers were killed and several officers, including at least two majors, were abducted.

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