The Nigerian Army says troops of 8 Division on fighting patrol at Mayanchi-Dogo Karfe and Fagantama villages in Talata Marafa Local Government Area of Zamfara state killed several bndits.
Director Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu who stated this in a statement Saturday, said troops also killed five bandits at Bingi village, in Bungudu Local Government Area in another encounter.
He said troops also recovered riffles, large cache of ammunition, motorcycles and mobile phones from the bandits.
The statement reads in part: “The Nigerian Army says roops of 8 Division Nigerian Army (NA), while on a fighting patrol, came under fire of bandits operating along Mayanchi-Dogo Karfe and Fagantama villages in Talata Marafa LGA of Zamfara State.
” In the fierce encounter that ensued, the bandits were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the troops. This led to scores of bandits being neutralized. The troops also recovered one PKT riffle, large cache of ammunition, and a motorcycle.
“Relatedly, troops have neutralized 5 bandits in another encounter at Bingi village, in Bungudu LGA of Zamfara. During the gun duel, the bandits withdrew in disarray having sustained severe gun shot wounds. The gallant troops recovered one AK 47 riffle, one Motorcycle and 3 mobile phones from the routed criminals.
“While appreciating the combat resilience and renewed vigor of the troops, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya urged them to sustain the aggressive posture in order to defeat all criminal elements operating in the North West and other parts of the country. He urged communities in the North West to support the troops with useful information at all times to enhance anti- banditry operations.”