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Suspected terrorists attack Niger-Abuja military checkpoint

A military checkpoint close to Zuma Rock, a border between Niger State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was attacked by suspected terrorists on Thursday evening.

Information on the attack is still sketchy as of the time of filing this report.

However, it was gathered that troops of the Nigerian Army had embarked on a clearance operation after the attack.

The incident was said to have caused gridlock in the area.

Our correspondent also gathered that the Mandala-Kaduna road had been cordoned off by the men of the Nigerian Army.

A military source who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said, “The terrorists took control of the area for over 30 minutes and kept shooting before heading towards the Kaduna axis of the expressway.”

However, soldiers from the Zuma barracks stormed the scene and took full control.

Our correspondent also confirmed that a patrol team of policemen later arrived at the scene.

Efforts to get the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, were not successful.

The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, didn’t also respond to calls from our correspondent.

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