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Nigerian troops apprehend more bandits collaborators, rescue kidnap victims in North

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Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji and other subsidiary operations have sustained their operations in the North-West zone with series of clearance operations, ambushes and aerial patrols, which led to the neutralization of several bandits and arrest of their collaborators and informants in the last week.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), made this known at a news briefing on Thursday in Abuja while giving an update of the activities of the armed forces 12 to 18 November 2020.

The Coordinator informed that 3 suspected bandits were arrested by troops at Majafa village on , while added arrested 2 suspected bandits’ collaborators named Nura Ibrahim and Abdullahi Yusuf while trying to escape with motorcycle belonging to bandits in Samu village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

He added that troops apprehended one Sabe Iliya from Muniya village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State was also apprehended while pretending to be a farmer but was identified by locals as bandit’s informant.

Speaking further, the coordinator said troops of Operation Accord, while on night patrol at Yar Tasha village made contact with armed bandits and engaged them in firefight, killing 3 armed bandits during the encounter while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds.

He also said that troops deployed at Ungwan Doka, rescued one kidnapped victim named Adamu Yahaya who is now reunited with his family.

He added, “Earlier, on 14 November 2020, based on actionable intelligence that suspected bandits invaded Kura village in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, troops of Forward Operating Base Kwatarkwashi swiftly mobilized to the area and made contact with them.

“After exchange of fire, the bandits escaped into the bush in disarray and abandoned 2 kidnapped victims named Hajiya Sakina and Zahru who were rescued by troops.”

For air operations, Enenche said the Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike killed several armed bandits in the Kwiambana Forest area of Kaduna State.

“The operation, which took place on 12 November 2020, was executed sequel to reports that close to a hundred bandits carrying high calibre weapons, mounted on motorcycles rustled a large number of cattle and other livestock from Dankolo and Machitta Villages.

“The bandits and the rustled livestock were subsequently spotted by a Nigerian Air Force aircraft on reconnaissance mission at Kaboru village heading towards Kwiambana Forest. The Air Component therefore dispatched a NAF attack helicopter to the location which engaged the target area, leading to the neutralization of several of the bandits” he said.

In the North-East zone, the coordinator said troops adopted sustained vigilance and offensive postures through comprehensive ground and air operations, successfully.

According to him, the ground operations resulted in the deletion of some terrorists, apprehension of IED maker and recovery of caches of arms and ammunition as well as equipment. Troops also repelled and foiled several BHT/ISWAP attacks on own locations within the period.

“In the same vein, the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole on 14 November 2020, inflicted heavy casualties on some BHT elements at Goba village and Sambisa, South of Borno State, where several terrorists were spotted. Multiple air strikes were executed on the locations and the devastating hits from the air strikes led to the killing of scores of the terrorists. Several of the terrorists’ logistics facilities were destroyed by the devastating hits from the air strikes, while many of their fighters fled in disarray”, the coordinator said.

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