Troops Eliminate 4 Bandits, Rescue 3 Civilians, Says DHQ

Four armed bandits have been neutralized in a joint operation conducted yesterday by troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and 117 Guards Battalion, in Nasarawa and Taraba States.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), while disclosing this in a press release, said the troops also rescued three civilians who were kidnapped by the criminals.

The Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who issued the statement, said the troops, while on a joint clearance operation around Mararaba Udege, in Nasarawa State, raided a suspected kidnappers’ camp, along Bakonu road.

“In the course of the operation, three kidnapped victims were rescued, while two kidnappers were killed in action,” he added.

According to Enenche, the rescued victims have been reunited with their families.

In another development, the DMO Coordinator, said following credible intelligence on the possible regrouping of some elements linked to late Gana at a hideout around Kwaghaondo village in Chanchanji council ward of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops of Sector 2 conducted a dawn raid operation at the identified hideout.

He added that the troops made contact with the armed militia elements who opened fire and fled as troops closed in on their position.

Maj. Gen. Enenche said: “Troops swiftly responded with superior firepower which led to the killing of two bandits while one AK-47 rifle, one magazine and 15 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered. Currently troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols and ambushes to deny bandits freedom of action.”

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