Terrorists attacked a military checkpoint, Thursday night, near Zuma rock in Niger State.
The location is near Madalla town, close to Zuba, along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The insurgents arrived at the spot some minutes after 7pm and opened fire on the troops, killing some.
A source told militarynewsng.com that the insurgents took control of the area for about 30 minutes.
“They were shooting continuously at the checkpoint for more almost one hour, and soldiers at the checkpoint were fighting back. But after a while, the shooting stopped,” a source said.
The sources said the terrorists later abandoned their mission of moving into Abuja and retreated towards Kaduna axis.
While retreating, the bandits who were said to be in several motorbikes, reportedly attacked some villages and shops in Madalla and carried foodstuff on their motorbikes before bolting.
Following the retreat of the terrorists, more troops and equipment from the Army base in Zuma Barracks were deployed for reinforcement to the scene.
Soldiers from Zuma Barracks and policemen were deployed to the scene.
The incident occurred days after terrorists battled the Presidential Guards Brigade along the Kubwa-Bwari road in Abuja.
The Brigade, an elite arm of the Nigerian Army, is responsible for protecting the President of Nigeria.
At least three personnel were killed in the ambush, while a number of others were wounded.