No fewer than two military officers have been reported to have been killed and scores of others injured when gunmen attacked the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) permanent site in Kaduna State.
As gathered, among those killed during the attack on the Afaka barracks of the NDA was a naval officer that was about to prevent the gunmen from gaining entrance into the premises.
An eyewitness claimed that over one officer was also kidnapped by the gunmen that attacked the barracks at about 1 am on Tuesday when security had been partially relaxed.
It added that one of the personnel, who sustained gunshot wounds, was currently being treated at a hospital within the barracks and that there is a current chase of the perpetrators.
Confirming the attack, Academy Public Relations Officer, Bashir Muhd-Jajira, said that the law enforcement officers were currently on the trail of the bandits to rescue the abducted officer.
Muhd-Jajira, through a statement made available to newsmen, added that the Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies across the state have gone after the bandits.
The statement 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 1Division 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”.