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Nigerian troops kill 5 bandits, arrest 4 in Kaduna

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army have  neutralized five bandits and arrested four others in two separate operations in Chikun and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna state.

Col. Ezindu Idimah, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

Idimah said Troops of Operation Harbin Kunama III dislodged a bandits camp in Dagu village of Igabi local government on July 24, following credible information.

“During the operation, two bandits were

neutralised and one was apprehended. Others evidently escaped with gun shot wounds.

”Troops also, rescued two kidnapped victims, Mallam Yakubu Hamidu and Alhaji Isa Saidu from the bandits den around Makarfi Farm junction in Igabi LGAsl on July 25.

”Two Motor Cycles belonging to the criminals were also destroyed during an exchange of fire.”

He noted that the residents of Dagu village had commended the Army for destroying the bandits’  hideouts who have been terrorising villages in the area.

Idimah disclosed that the second operation was conducted on July 25 by

Troops on Operation Thunder Strike, around Kubuso , Kuso and Kakumi general area in Chikun Local Government Area.

“Following the operation, three bandits were neutralised, three were arrested and two kidnapped victims were also freed.

He listed items recovered from the bandits to include, one AK47 Riffle, a Single Barrel rifle, one Dane Gun and  28 rounds of special ammunition.

Also recovered were 2  motorcycles, one Camouflage uniform, two ATM cards, a Techno Phone, one Airtel Sim card and  empty cases of 5 x 7.62mm special ammunition.

He appealed to the general public  to report anybody seen with gun shot wounds to the nearest security post for  investigation.

The General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen  Faruk Yahaya, commended the troops for their efforts and charged them not to relent until the bandits were effectively annihilated.


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