According to The PUNCH, the Operation Sahel Sanity troops based in Faskari Local Government Area, Katsina State, lost a soldier who tried to rescue the nursing mother during a gun duel between the troops and bandits at Diskuru village.
“The incident was recorded as the marauding bandits storm the village on several motorcycles, shooting sporadically with the intent to scare the locals and loot valuables.
“On arrival, the gallant troops engaged the criminals in a fierce firefight forcing them to withdraw in disarray. Resulting from the encounter, three bandits were neutralised by the troops as several others were believed to have escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds. During the exploitation phase, two additional bandits’ bodies were discovered along their withdrawal route.
“Also in the aftermath of the encounter, three women and their infants earlier kidnapped by the bandits were rescued from the criminals. Troops continue to dominate the village and adjoining the environment to deny the bandits any respite.
The troops were also said to have arrested two suspected bandits collaborators identified as Samaila Usman and Idi Bello at Dan Ali village on October 27.