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After boasting to abduct Buhari, terrorists attack Presidential Guards in Abuja

Less than 24 hours after terrorists threatened to abduct President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State in a viral video, troop of the Guards Brigade protecting the President had been ambushed by armed bandits, right at the nation’s capital, Abuja.

In the ambush, it was gathered three soldiers were wounded, which had thrown residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) into a panic.

The bandits were reportedly headed for the Nigerian Law School in Bwari when they ran into the Guards Brigade troops.

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According to some intelligence reports in the military, the terrorists had laid siege on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with the intention to attack the Law School in Bwari and other government facilities.

Military sources that pleaded anonymity said the attack was a confirmation of the terrorists’ siege to the city but authorities had said they were on the trail of the bandits.

According to one of the sources, troops of 7 Guards Battalion, on routine patrol along the Kubwa–Bwari Road were ambushed by the terrorists.

He added that three soldiers were injured during the attack and have been evacuated to the hospital for medical attention.

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According to the source, “The ambush happening within the general area of Bwari shows that the terrorists are actually within the location and possibly to carry out their plans of attacking the law school in Bwari as earlier reported.”

When contacted, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Guards Brigade, Captain Godfrey Abakpa, confirmed that soldiers were attacked by suspected terrorists but that they (terrorists) were repelled successfully.

He added that the wounded soldiers had immediately been evacuated to a medical facility and were receiving treatment.

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According to Capt. Abakpa, “They were attacked and the attack was successfully repelled. We had a few wounded in action that have been taken to the hospital and are receiving treatments.

“At the moment our troops are still combing the general area to get rid of the criminals that have been threatening the general area.

“It is advised that residents go about their lawful businesses and keep cooperating with us by giving us timely information to enable us win the fight against the criminals,” Abakpa said.