Six killed, others held as troops ambush Zamfara bandits

Six suspected bandits have been killed, 18 informants including two village heads arrested and weapons recovered by troops deployed to villages i

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Zamfara bandits

Six suspected bandits have been killed, 18 informants including two village heads arrested and weapons recovered by troops deployed to villages in Zamfara State to quell armed banditry, the Nigerian Army said on Monday.

Troops of Operation HABIN KUNAMA III were said to have engaged in onslaught against the bandits at Kirsa and Sunke villages in Anka Local Government Area (LGA), as well as Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau LGA were they recorded successes.

According to Army spokesman Sagir Musa, a Colonel, the clearance operation by the troops led to exchange of gunfire with bandits at Kirsa and Sunke villages killing six of the criminals.

He said two AK47 rifles and two motorcycles were recovered by the operatives, adding that at Doka and Mutu, troops recovered three motorcycles, two dane guns and two machetes.

Musa said the troops had serious encounter at Doka and Mutu with “a group of well-armed bandits which lasted for about two hours.

“The brigands 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: 3 motorcycles, 2 dane guns, 2 machetes.

“The Force Commander (FC) Maj. –  Gen  Hakeem Otiki reiterated the resolve of troops to tackle the menace of armed banditry, other forms of criminality in Zamfara and its 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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