Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Tuesday, launched an attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy(NDA) Kaduna, killing two officers in the process.

They were said to have abducted one senior officer as they retreated from the area along Airport Road, Afaka, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandits, who were said to have stormed the institution at about 1am Tuesday in large number, also shot at many others, now receiving treatment at the NDA hospital.

Kaduna has been the hotbed of the activities of the bandits in the last few months, with attacks on educational institutions and the abduction of hundreds of students.

Many are still being held hostage by the bandits, who have insisted on ransom collection, despite the no-ransom stance of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Elrufai.

the institution has however, confirmed the attack, while claiming that it was on the trail of the attackers.

The Academy’s Public Relations Officer, Bashir Muhd Jajira, said the gunmen gained access to the residential area of the Academy.

“The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka. During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted,” the statement read in part.

“The Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.

“The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that these unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.”

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