According to reports, armed assailants ambushed suspected National Security agents at Tan-Nyeli in the Karaga region of the Northern Region.
The incident occurred on Thursday, October 20, while security personnel were on a reconnaissance mission in response to information about the presence of a suspicious Arabic learning camp in the neighbourhood, according to a senior member of the Karaga District Security Committee who confirmed the incident but asked to remain anonymous.
According to information made available to JoyNews, three pickup trucks carrying security guards were ambushed at the camp’s gate, sparking a furious shootout that was alleged to have lasted 10 minutes.
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However, the security guards were able to stop the ambush and kill one of the attackers, according to a camp member who confirmed it. They stated that the security forces removed the body.
The incident, according to the community assemblyman who went by the name Mohammed, was a covert operation that caught the district officials off guard. He claimed that the community’s members are generally uneasy since they have not yet processed the incident’s specifics.
The National Security Agency and the National Police Intelligence Directorate have declined to publicly confirm the occurrence and attempt to get confirmation have been fruitless. Thus, it is still unclear whether this was a counterterrorism operation by either agency or one involving the latter.
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A district security committee source, however, stated that the National Security Agency was responsible for carrying out the operation and that they were informed that the person killed in the gunfight had ties to a foreign terrorist armed group.
The deceased was described by several community residents as a cattle herder of Fulani descent and a known bandit commander who gained notoriety by taking part in and planning a number of kidnappings and robberies in the region.