Troops kill six bandits in Zamfara

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    Troops kill six bandits in Zamfara

    THE Army said yesterday that troops deployed to the Northwest on “Operation Habin Kunama III” have neutralised six bandits and arrested 18 informants, including a district head while on clearance operations.

    Its Acting Director of Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said in a statement that weapons were also recovered from the bandits.

    Col. Musa said: “Troops on ‘Operation Habin Kunama III’, based on credible intelligence about bandits’ movements in Kirsa and Sunke in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State, on April 20, 2019, continued with the clearance operation into the hinterland to clear the brigands.

    “Consequently, the troops made contact and engaged the bandits in a fierce shoot out in the bushes of Kirsa and Sunke villages, which resulted in the extermination of six criminals, the recovery of two AK 47 riffles and two motorcycles.”

    The acting spokesman added: “Similarly, at the general areas of Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, troops on clearance operation also had a serious encounter on April 20, 2019, with a group of well-armed bandits, which lasted for about two hours.

    “The brigands, who were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, were overpowered by troops, forcing survivors among them to abandon their camps and logistics, which were destroyed by the troops.

    “Additionally,18 suspected informants and errand men to the bandits, including the village Heads of Doka and Mutu villages were arrested. The following items were also recovered: three motorcycles, two dane guns and two machetes.

    “The Force Commander, Major  General Hakeem Oladapo Otiki, reiterated the resolve of  troops to tackle the menace of armed banditry and other forms of criminality in Zamfara and the  contiguous states of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto.

    “He enjoined members of the public to continue cooperating with the troops and other security agencies by providing information that will assist in dealing with bandits/banditry activities in the states.”

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