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Suspected bandits have killed two officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Katsina state.

It was gathered that the officers identified as Umar Bagadaza Kankara and Lauwali Dutse, were killed in an ambush at Kadode checkpoint in Jibia Local Govt Area of the state on Wednesday night, July 7.

A security source told The Guardian that NIS has a base at the village where the incident occurred, with the area seen as safe haven for many herdsmen and their animals.

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“The incident occurred at Kadobe village. Fulani herdsmen had brought their cattle there for pasture and for security, as Immigration has a base there,” the source said.

“But the bandits decided to attack the place yesterday night after several efforts to do so in the past had proved abortive.

“The sad thing is that people in the community said they saw strange faces lurking around in the evening of the incident, but they refused to alert the security on the situation.

“When the bandits attacked, they started shooting sporadically and at our men, and our men fired back also. They killed two of our men, but we killed several of theirs too.

Several of the bandits sustained gunshot wounds, but they were able to escape with the bodies of their slain members and had managed to rustle cows belonging to the herdsmen.

“Soldiers who were in patrol on the streets had rushed to the area in reinforcement and there was serious gunfire exchange, in which one soldier was shot on his thigh.

“The soldier is currently receiving treatment at the federal medical centre, Katsina.

Umar Bagadaza Kankara was laid to rest on Thursday, July 8, in his village in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Meanwhile, friends and family members have taken to Facebook to mourn the officers as well as share photos from the funeral.

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