The Defence Headquarters said Saturday troops of Operation Hadarin Daji killed 26 bandits in different locations in Zamfara and Katsina states.
The Acting Director of Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
He said the troops, acting on credible intelligence, killed two bandits in Bindim and Koli towns of Maru local government area of Zamfara.
According to him, 17 rounds of 7.62 mm of AK 47 and a motorcycle were recovered during the operation.
Onyeuko disclosed that the troops also rescued seven men and two women kidnapped by bandits during a patrol at Gando area of the state.
The victims, the military spokesman said, have been handed over to their families while about 42 cows and 38 sheep were recovered.
He said: “The public is hereby encouraged to provide credible information to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian military and other security agencies remain resolute to the conduct of operation towards the security of lives and properties in line with the vision of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin.”