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Troops Kill 35 Zamfara Bandits in Fierce Gun Battle

No fewer than 35 bandits have been eliminated in a fierce gun battle by troops of the Nigerian military in Zamfara State,.

They were yesterday killed by troops of Forward Operating Base Kekuwuje and those deployed at Maradun, says the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

The DHQ added that the “Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our nation, as it will not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones of the country.”

A statement released by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj. Gen. John Enenche, says: “Following credible intelligence on movement of armed bandits with rustled animals at Bungudu LGA, troops of Forward Operating Base Kekuwuje yesterday, responded immediately and made contact with bandits.

“In the course of the encounter 30 armed bandits were neutralised while 24 cows and unspecified number of sheep were recovered.

“Similarly, still on same 17 January 21, troops deployed at Maradun received information of reprisal attack by armed bandits at Janbako village in Maradun LGA.

“Troops swiftly mobilized to the area to forestall the reprisal attack. Troops were ambushed short of Janbako village where firefight ensued.

“The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits and neutralised 5 of them. Currently troops are in pursuit of fleeing bandits.

“In another development, following a tip off, 2 suspected bandits collaborators named Mustapha Sani and Murtala Sani were arrested at Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State. Suspects are in custody for further action.”


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