Troops kill scores of bandits, recover arms in Zamfara

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The Nigerian Army on Saturday said that its troops neutralized scores of bandits in a fierce battle, and recovered arms and ammunition.

The latest development was disclosed via a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, on Saturday.

The statement read, “Troops 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, a large cache of ammunition, and a motorcycle.”

The Army Spokesperson further noted that “Relatedly, troops have neutralized 5 bandits in another encounter at Bingi village, in Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State. During the gun duel, the bandits withdrew in disarray having sustained severe gunshot wounds.”

It was gathered that the soldiers recovered “one AK-47 rifle, 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,” Nwachukwu stated.