Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed 35 bandits and recovered many rustled cows in Zamfara State yesterday.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, and made available to newsmen in Gusau, Zamfara State Capital today.
General Enenche said, “Following credible intelligence on the movement of armed bandits with rustled animals at Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State, troops of Forward Operating Base Kekuwuje yesterday 17 January 2021, responded immediately and made contact with bandits.
“In the course of the encounter, 30 armed bandits were neutralised while 24 cows and an unspecified number of sheep were recovered.
“Similarly, still on same 17 January 21, troops deployed at Maradun received information of reprisal attack by armed bandits at Janbako Village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara State.
“Troops swiftly mobilized to the area to forestall the reprisal attack. They were ambushed short of Janbako Village where firefight ensued.
“The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits and neutralised five of them.
“Currently troops are in pursuit of fleeing bandits,” said Enenche.
He maintained that two bandits’ collaborators were also arrested by the army during the operation.
“We shall not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones of the country,” Enenche concluded.