By Mohammed Munirat Nasir:
Troops of Nigerian Army has killed many bandits and recovered arms and ammunitions in separate onslaughts against the marauders in Zamfara state.
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said troops of 8 Division Nigerian Army while on a fighting patrol, came under fire of bandits operating along Mayanchi-Dogo Karfe and Fagantama villages in Talata Marafa local government area 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,” he said.
Nwachukwu said the troops in another encounter killed five bandits at Bingi village, in Bungudu local government area of Zamfara state.
He said during the gun duel, the bandits withdrew in disarray having sustained severe gun shot wounds while the troops recovered one AK 47 riffle, one Motorcycle and three 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.
“The COAS urged communities in the North West to support the troops with useful information at all times to enhance anti- banditry operations,” he said.