Troops of the Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) have killed scores of armed bandits, rescuing five kidnapped victims in the process.
The troops responded to a distress call about the activities of bandits, who were kidnapping and robbing commuters along Tsafe – Gusau highway between Tazame and Tabbani villages under Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
On getting to the scene, they engaged the bandits in a gun duel. The bandits were forced to flee, abandoning the kidnapped victims.
Similarly, troops of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Garin Hausawa received information that large numbers of armed bandits were sighted in Madobiya village in Danko- Wasagu LGA of Kebbi State, which prompted the troops to mobilize to the village. Three kidnapped victims were rescued and handed over to their families.
Also, troops of Special Forces deployed in Sokoto State, while on routine patrol along Gundumi and Marnona road came in contact with armed bandits at Gundumi Village.
After the encounter, the one-armed bandit was neutralized while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered at the scene include one AK-47 Rifle, one AK-47 Magazine loaded with 7.62 special ammunition.
Also, on the 6th of August 2023, troops of Sector 3 in Sokoto state while on a fighting patrol received information about bandits’ incursion into Manu village, the troops swiftly moved to the village. On arrival at Mani village, the armed bandits opened a high volume of fire in order to scare the troops.
However, the gallant troops resisted and engaged them with superior fire which forced the bandits to flee in disarray. Items recovered from the bandits include two Motorcycles, a Mobile phone, blankets, and other Engineering equipment.
In the same vein, troops of Sector 2 OPHD, while on a routine patrol along Jibia, Magama, and Maidabaru roads in Jibia LGA of Katsina State on the 6th of August 2023, came in contact with large numbers of armed bandits.
After an encounter, three bandits were neutralized while others fled with gunshot wounds. However, two gallant soldiers sustained gunshot wounds and are currently receiving treatment in a military medical facility.
The Commander of the Joint Task Force Northwest, OPHD, Major General Godwin Mutkut, has commended the troop’s efforts and charged them not to rest until all bandits’ enclaves and hideouts are cleared.
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