The Defence Headquarters has said several bandits have been killed by troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, in Zamfara State.
A statement by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said the bandits were neutralised during a clearance operation in Anka and Talata Mafara local government areas of Zamfara State.
Enenche, who also said that 714 livestock rustled by the bandits were recovered, explained that the operation was in furtherance of operations to stamp banditry out of the North-West region.
According to him, the soldiers carried out the operation on Saturday following credible intelligence that armed bandits had rustled several number of cows around Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu in Anka and Talata Mafara areas of the state.
Enenche said after receiving the intelligence report that troops were deployed to the scene and contact made with the armed bandits.
“The troops overwhelmed the recalcitrant bandits with superior fire.
“During the encounter, scores were neutralised while others escaped with gunshots wounds,” he said.
He said the livestock recovered from the bandits were 302 rustled cows and 412 sheep.
He added that one empty magazine and five mobile phones were also recovered from the bandits.
He said efforts were ongoing to hand over the rustled animals to the owners.
Enenche further said that troops, in another development:
“Rescued three kidnapped victims in Isa LGA of Sokoto State.
“Also two other kidnapped victims were rescued by troops at Yayi village in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
“The victims on interrogation stated that they were kidnapped on 1 June 2020. All the victims have been handed over to the Sokoto State Government.
“Relatedly on 10 July 2020 while on patrol, troops arrested five members of Yan Sakai group and a gun fabricator along Maga- Kyabu-Tadurga village road.
“Items recovered include one motorcycle, 10 dane guns, one catarpult and one knife. Others were one saw,16 plugs, one axe and three mobile phones.”
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