Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed several bandits while three others surrendered during operations conducted in some communities in Katsina and Zamfara states.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche disclosed this Monday.
He also said the troops recovered arms and ammunitions from the bandits after the operations.
According to him, the troops stormed a bandit’s camp on 3 July 2020, at Sanu village in Zurmi Local Government of Zamfara state, after some intelligence report, and engage them.
He said the bandits fled in disarray, but sustained gunshot wounds.
“Exploitation of the general area led to the recovery of one AK47 rifle and one SMG rifle. It was also revealed that several bandits suffered heavy injuries and most likely died, as evident in the vast pools of blood along their withdrawal route,” he said.
In another operation, Enenche said the troops made contact with bandits at Bawan Daji village where they killed one bandit while many others were “fatally wounded.”
He added that troops also raided bandits’ enclave at Gidan Zamfarawa about 10km from Mashanyin Zaki, but on sighting troops advancing the bandits fled.
He said the troops pursued them and engaged them with aggressive firing.
“Troops exploited the general area and destroyed 7 major bandit camps while one AK47 rifle, and 2 Motorcycles, amongst others were recovered.”
In continuation of their operation, Enenche said troops stormed an identified bandit’s camp at Salihawa village in Batsari Local Government of Katsina state on 5 July 2020, following credible intelligence on their activities in the village.
“Troops overwhelmed the bandits with superior firepower and neutralized one of the criminals while several others escaped with fatal gunshot wounds,” he said.
“Troops also apprehended a suspected bandits’ logistics supplier, Mohammed Illela at Illela village on 4 July 2020 following a tip-off. The suspect was arrested while attempting to convey 13 jerrycans and 30 litres of Premium Motor Spirit concealed in an ash-coloured Volkswagen wagon car, to suspected bandits.”
On the same day, Enenche said troops conducted a Cordon and Search operation within Bawar-Daji village, where they killed one bandit and recovered one AK 47 rifle, 5 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and one magazine, amongst others.
“Furthermore, owing to intensified operations, projected by aggressive presence and posture of troops in the theatre, 3 notable bandits have surrendered to troops along with their weapons. The repentant bandits submitted one Light Machine Gun and 2 X AK 47 rifles,” Enenche said.