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Nigerian Troops ambush bandits, kill 6, arrests 18 in Zamfara villages

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

Nigerian Army says it’s Troops on Operation HABIN KUNAMA III, have killed six bandits and arrested eighteen suspected informants and errand men to the bandits in an ambush in Zamfara state.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa who confirmed this in a statement on Monday, said the troops attacked the bandits on Saturday, 20th April, 2019 following credible intelligence about bandits movements in Kirsa and Sunke in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara.

Musa said: “Consequently, the troops made contact and engaged the bandits in a fierce shoot out at the bushes of Kirsa and Sunke villages which resulted in the extermination of six (6) criminals, the recovery of two AK 47 Riffles and two motorcycles.”

Musa further revealed that the troops on clearance operation also had a serious encounter with a group of well armed bandits on the same day at the general areas of Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State which lasted for about two hours.

“The brigands were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, were overpowered by troops, forcing survivors among them to abandon their camps and logistics which were destroyed by the troops.

“Additionally, 18 suspected informants and errand men to the bandits including the village Heads of Doka and Mutu villages were arrested.”

According too Musa, the following items were also recovered; three motorcycles. two dane guns and two machetes.

Musa said the Force Commander (FC) Major Geneneral Hakeem Oladapo Otiki reiterated the resolve of troops to tackle the menace of armed banditry and other forms of criminality in Zamfara and the contiguous states of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto.

“He enjoined members of the public to continue cooperating with the troops and other security agencies by providing information that will assist in dealing with bandits/banditry activities in the States.” Musa said

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