Three soldiers injured as gunmen attack presidential guard troops
Three soldiers of the Nigerian Army Guards Brigade’s 7 battalion have reportedly sustained injuries in an ambush by gunmen in Abuja.
The battalion is a unit under the Guards Brigade, which is responsible for protecting the president.
The soldiers, according to sources within the military, were said to be on routine patrol around 4pm on Sunday along the Kubwa-Bwari road when they ran into the ambush.
The sources said the area of the ambush showed the target of the gunmen may have been the Nigerian Law School located in the area.
The soldiers, however, were said to have successfully foiled the attack, while the wounded persons are receiving treatment at an army hospital.
“Details on the extent of their injuries still under confirmation,” a source said.
Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesperson, was not immediately available to comment on the attack.
The development comes amid recent reports of abductions in the nation’s capital.
On Monday, the ministry of education had ordered the immediate closure of the Federal Government College, Kwali, in the federal capital territory (FCT) over security threats.
In a statement issued on Monday, Ben Goong, director of press and public relations in the ministry of education, attributed the decision to a security breach in communities around the school.
Meanwhile, earlier in July, the correctional facility in the Kuje area council was attacked by gunmen, and hundreds of inmates, including suspected Boko Haram members, escaped.