Bandits in the early hours of Saturday engaged soldiers of the Nigerian Army in a gun duel at Sabon Tasha Government Residential Area under Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The armed gang had initially set a house on fire after failing in its mission to abduct the owner, Daily Trust reports.
File Photo: Gunmen
It was gathered that the bandits invaded the community around 12:30am on Saturday but the soldiers intervened shortly after.
They reportedly engaged the soldiers in a shootout but eventually bowed to the superior firepower of the troops.
A resident, who identified himself only as Benjamin, said the bandits had set a house on fire and were about carrying out a house-to-house raid when soldiers arrived.
He said, “We thank God the soldiers arrived on time if not the story would have been bad because they (bandits) came to pick the house owner but fortunately the house was empty and the bandits set the house on fire out of frustration.”
It was also gathered that the bandits attacked the community two days ago and took away a man, his wife and daughter.
The gun duel, which lasted for an hour between the soldiers and bandits, caused tension in the community.
Spokesperson for the police in the state, ASP Jalige Mohammed, could not be reached for comments at the time of this report.
SaharaReporters, New York