Troops kill 11 bandits, recover weapons in Kaduna

TROOPS and special forces of the Nigerian Army have killed 11 suspected bandits in Birnin Gwari local government area of the state, according to the Kaduna state government.

The state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated this in a statement he released Sunday, April 2.

The  troops also recovered two AK-47 rifles, two AK-47 magazines, and 57 rounds of ammunition, while six motorcycles belonging to the bandits were destroyed in the face-off.

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    Aruwan explained that the special forces advanced to several identified locations, and cleared bandit camps in Bagoma, Rema, Bugai, Dagara, Sabon Layi, Gagumi, Kakangi, Katakaki and Randagi.

    “In the course of these operations, the forces made contact with bandits at Kakangi and Katakaki. A fierce gun battle followed, after which the criminals were subdued by the troops’ aggressive firepower. Eleven bandits were confirmed neutralized, as others fled,” the statement read.

    Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed his satisfaction at the emphatic outing by the security forces, and praised the leadership of the Major General T. A. Lagbaja, General Officer Commanding One Division and Force Commander of the Operation Whirl Punch, according to Aruwan.

    “The Governor lauded the troops for their consistent and spirited efforts, as he urged them to build on the momentum of this notable success,” he added.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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