Troops Kill 17 in Bandits’ ‘Dangote Camp’

Troops of Combat Team 1, deployed for Operation Sahel Sanity, with the support of Air Task Force, have captured one of the notorious armed bandits’ strongholds identified as ‘Dangote Camp’ in Katsina State.

The Camp is located deep in a forest in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of the State.

A statement by Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, indicated that initial resistance by the bandits was effectively subdued by the superior tactics, and dexterity of the troops, which resulted in inflicting heavy casualty on the bandits.

Onyeuko, Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), said at the end of the encounter, 17 bandits were neutralized, while several others were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds, as evident by the trails of blood along their escape routes.

“Equally, five AK-47 Rifles, three Dane guns, two AK 47 Rifle magazines, 152 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and 7 motorcycles were captured from the fleeing bandits,” he added.

According to the statement issued on Sunday, one brave officer and two gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while 4 other soldiers were wounded in action.

He however, said the wounded in action soldiers are currently responding positively to treatment in a military medical facility.

The Acting Director of DMO, further disclosed in the statement that: “On 18 July 2020, troops conducting fighting patrol along Faskari – Sheme – Dandume Road in Katsina State, arrested 5 suspected bandits including one female.

“One of the suspects, Bashir Usman who claimed to be a policeman during interrogation could not validate his claim with any form of identification was apprehended with one AK-47 Rifle loaded with 28 rounds of ammunition, while riding on a motorcycle.

“Other items recovered from him include one handset and the sum of Six Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Naira (N6,050.00) only. Suspects are presently undergoing preliminary interrogation.”

Brig. Gen. Onyeuko went on: “Furthermore, on 17 July 2020, troops following a tip off that bandits invaded Kuka Uku Village in Batsari LGA, Katsina State and kidnapped a 16 year old Miss Hadiza Sani, promptly mobilized to the area and made contact with the bandits, who abandoned the victim and fled due to the troops aggressive pursuit.

“The rescued victim has since been reunited with her family. Similarly, on 17 July 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bagega rescued another kidnapped victim, a 10 year old girl, following an alarm by her mother that two bandits on motorcycle kidnapped the victim, while they were fetching firewood around Bagega – Tudurki Forest. The rescued has been united with her family.”

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