Nigerian army kill 55 bandits, rescues 760 abductees in Zamfara
The Nigerian army has done a lot in tackling insecurity in Zamfara state. Troops of the operation Sharan Daji in the state have recovered weapons, ammunition, rustled cattle and killed 55 bandits.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the acting Information officer of the operation Major Clement Abiade.
According to Abiade, 24 suspected bandits informants, rustlers, kidnappers and logistics suppliers have been arrested
The statement reads:
“The Air Component of operation Sharan Daji carried out several Air strikes around Kagara, Gando, Fankama, Fete and Dumburum Forests.
“Subsequent operations in the forests led to the rescue of 760 abductees consist of men, women and children from communities in Zamfara State.
“The troops further recovered 4 AK47 rifles, 1 Rocket Propelled Gun Tube, 12 Dane guns, 27 AK47 Magazines, 168 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 Pump action gun, 47 Motorcycles, a Golf wagon car, 61 rustled cattle’s, 3 pounds of marijuana, nicotine and Tramadol.
“It is also pertinent to state that the troops sustained operation led to the return of over 1000 IDPs from Maru to BINI village.”
The Army noted that One officer, 2 soldiers and members of vigilantes paid the supreme prize during the encounter with bandits in Kagara forest.
“The Army maintains that the last one week has been a very traumatic one for the people of Zamfara especially in Shinkafi, Anka and Zurmi where bandits carried out coordinated attacks that led to the death of civilians.
“The Force Commander and men of Operation SHARAN DAJI remain resolute to the mandate of tackling the menace of armed banditry in Zamfara State.
“The suspects have since been handed over to the police for further investigations and Prosecution.”