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26 killed as troops fight bandits in Katsina, Zamfara

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No fewer than 24 bandits terrorising Kwari and Garin Sado villages in Jibia Council Area of Katsina State were killed by troops attached to the Operation Hadarin Daji at the weekend.

The troops recovered four AK 47 rifles, two locally made pistols and three Dane guns during the operation.

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Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, in a statement, disclosed that the troops, while acting on credible intelligence, also neutralised two more bandits in Bindim and Koli towns in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

According to the statement, “Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji acting on credible intelligence invalidates two bandits in Bindim and Koli towns of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

“The successful operation led to the recovery of 17 rounds of 7.62 mm of AK 47 and 1 motorcycle. In the same vein, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI while on patrol at Gando, rescued 7 males and 2 females kidnapped by bandits.

“The victims have been handed over to their families. Also, about 42 cattles and 38 sheep were recovered. Troops are currently dominating the area with patrols which has helped to build confidence of locals”.

It added that, “similarly, troops of Operation of HADARIN DAJI on 19 March 2020 responded to a distress call on the movement of bandits with rustled animals within Gurbin Magarya, Kwari and Garin Gado villages of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State. In the course of operation, 24 bandits were killed in action, four AK 47 rifles, two locally made pistols and three Dane guns were recovered.

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“The general public is hereby encouraged to provide credible information to the Armed Forces of Nigeria, just as the Nigerian military and other security agencies remain resolute to the conduct of operation towards security of lives and properties in line with the vision of the Chief of Defence Staff,  General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin”.

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