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In the continued onslaught against armed banditry and other criminal elements in Kaduna State, Operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Abuja, in conjunction with Operation Yaki Kaduna State Command, on Wednesday, killed four suspected bandits along Saminaka – Jos Expressway.

The State Police Spokesperson, SP Mohammed Jalige, who disclosed this on Thursday, said the team was trailing suspected armed bandits when they intercepted a blue Sharon vehicle by one 31-year-old James Dawi of Vom town, Jos South LGA, Plateau State.

The suspected bandits, who were on their way to deliver dangerous weapons to their cohorts, immediately engaged the operatives in a fierce gun duel that lasted for about 30 minutes. The Operatives terminally injured four suspects while others retreated into the forest with bullet wounds.

When a search was conducted in the vehicle, one Ak49 rifle loaded with six rounds of live ammunition, an Ak47 rifle, one empty magazine, 134 rounds of different calibers of live ammunition, and the operational vehicle were recovered.

The operation led to the arrest of a female accomplice who during the investigation, confessed to supplying arms and ammunition to bandits within Kaduna State, the PPRO said.

Meanwhile, a discreet investigation into the case has been instituted to unravel the identities of other criminal gangs as well as find the source of the dangerous weapons in order to avert future occurrences and make the criminals face the full wrath of the law.

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