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Zamfara: Army neutralizes bandits, frees girls in captivity

Troops of operation Sahel Sanity has said that while on routine patrol along the fringes of Dajin Wuta forest, it came in contact with bandits on motorcycles, saying that in their attempt to escape from the advancing troops, the terrified bandits ineffectively opened fire and withdrew into the forest.

In a press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Gusau, Zamfara State capital today by the Acting Director, Defense media operations, Brigadier – Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the resilient troops gave the bandits a hot pursuit with overwhelming firepower.

“In the aftermath of the encounter, one bandit was neutralized and one AK-47 rifle loaded with 27 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition was captured while several others are believed to have escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds as evident in the trails of blood along their escape routes during exploitation. Troops continue to dominate the general area in search of any straying bandit” he said.

According to the statement, the troops deployed at Angwan Doka, during a clearance operation rescued two teenage girls at Munhaye village, stressing that preliminary investigation revealed that the duo were kidnapped by suspected bandits at Dan Aji village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State which he said the victims also revealed that their abductors freed them and fled on noticing troops’ presence in the area.

“To this end, the troops of Operation Sahel Sanity are commended for the successes achieved and their commitment. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until the northwest zone is rid of all criminal activities

“Additionally, the good people of the northwest are once more assured of the troops’ commitment to safety of lives and properties within the zone. They are also encouraged to avail the troops with timely and credible Information that will assist in the conduct of their operations”

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