Suspected bandits have killed unspecified members of a joint patrol team when they attacked Burkusuma camp, a joint military base in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The attack in the early hours of Friday was confirmed to The PUNCH by villagers, who escaped to the state capital.
According to sources, the bandits stormed the camp in large numbers and began shooting at the place sporadically.
Though the number of army casualties could not be confirmed, three of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were confirmed to be among the casualties.
The bandits also burnt down two patrol vehicles and drove away another one which was used to convey food items stolen from the surrounding villages.
It was learnt that, the bandits also attacked Katsira village, shot four persons and abducted three others from the village.
Two of the victims were said to have died instantly while the remaining two are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
The state Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, Colonel Garba Moyi (retd.), who also confirmed the attack on the military base, however, said he was not sure of the number of casualties.