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Troops Foil Bandits Attack, Kill Dozens in Katsina, Zamfara

By Gom Mirian, Abuja

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji on Friday, foiled armed bandits attack at Mara Zamfarawa village in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche disclosed this Sunday in a statement issued in Abuja.

Enenche also said six bandits were killed in the process, while several others escaped with gun shots wounds.

According to him, in a similar development on June 20, the troops deployed at Dunya village in the state, following aggressive patrol and intelligence reports arrested suspected bandits informants.

He said the bandits are currently being interrogated and profiled for further action.

“Relatedly, troops conducted cordon and search operations at Mara Zamfarawa and Birchi Malamawa villages in Danmusa LGA. In the process several bandits escaped with gun shots wounds.

“Troops recovered 4 motorcycles. In the same vein, troops on clearance operation at Maidabino town arrested 6 bandits. Troops recovered 1 fabricated AK 47 rifle and 29 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition as well as cutlasses and Charms. H disclosed.

He also said: “on 27 Jun 20, following intelligence reports about bandits’ action at Kurubka forest, troops immediately mobilized to the area. In the process 2 bandits were killed during a shootout.

“Relatedly,  on 27 Jun 20, following credible information about bandits hideouts at Rambadawa forest few kilometers ahead of Kodamyo village in Sabon Birni LGA of Zamfara State, troops immediately mobilized to the area. In the process 3 armed bandits were neutralised while others escaped with gun shots wounds.1 locally made gun was recovered.

“Furthermore, on 27 June 20, following credible intelligence about a kidnap incident at Yar Galadima and Mashanyin Zaki  villages in Dansadau by bandits on 4 motorcycles, troops swiftly moved to the area and successfully rescued 2 kidnapped victims.

“A Volkswagen Golf car with registration number MRR 47 XA was also recovered. Troops further dominated the area as effort to rescue other kidnapped victims have been intensified.

“In another development, still on 27 Jun 2020, based on credible intelligence, troops embarked on clearance operation along bandits’ water point at the fringes of the mountain between Gummi and Tambuwal LGAs of Sokoto State.

“The successful operation led to the neutralization of 1 bandit and recovery of 5 cell phones, cutlasses, some quantities of Indian hemp and sixty thousand naira.

“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates the gallant troops for their dexterity and professionalism and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of armed bandits in the country,” Enenche said in the statement.

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