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80 Bandits Killed, 943 Cows, 633 Sheep Recovered by Troops

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said no fewer than 80 armed bandits have been neutralized, while 943 cows, and 633 sheep/rams were recovered by troops of Operation Sahel Sanity in the North West.

The bandits were killed, while the livestock were rescued between 6 and 31 July 2020.

The successes were recorded in series of clearance operations, ambushes and other aggressive and confidence building patrols within Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States.

A statement by the Defence Media Operations (DMO), further indicated that 33 suspected bandits were also arrested by troops.

Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director of DMO, in the statement, said seven AK-47 riffles, one GPMG and 16 Dane guns were recovered from the criminals.

He said aside rescuing 17 kidnapped victims, the troops arrested 14 bandits informants, together with their collaborators.

Onyeuko added: “Also several bandits camps, including the notorious Dangote Triangle and their logistics bases, were destroyed by troops of Operation Sahel Sanity.

“There is no gainsaying therefore that within the first month of Operation Sahel Sanity from 1-31 July 2020, troops have recorded several successes in line with the aim of the operation.

“The gallant troops continue to dominate volatile areas with confidence building patrols, ambushes and clearance operations to deny the bandits and other criminal elements freedom of action.

“This achievement is further evident by the active resumption of farming, social and economic activities by the locals with reduced fear of threats in their localities.”

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