ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The Nigerian Army has said following received information from well meaning members of the public, troops of Forward Operation Base (FOB), Ningi of 33 Artillery Brigade conducted a fighting patrol at Dutsen Dumburum, Ningi Local Government Area, Bauchi State on Saturday.
A statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, acting director, Army Public Relations, said earlier intelligence reports confirmed the presence of kidnappers and cattle rustlers in the locality which made the troops to swing into action by organising a fighting patrol to the area.
During the patrol, he said, the team encountered the armed bandits and after fierce exchange of gun fire, overpowered the bandits.
“The troops killed three of the armed bandits and rescued three kidnapped females held hostages by the bandits pending payment of ransom. The patrol team also recovered many items including arms and ammunition before destroying the camp.
“The recovered items include two AK-47 rifles, two locally made Small Machine Guns (SMGs), one Double-barrelled Dane Gun, 68 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition and four AK-47 rifle Magazines. Others include two Boxer Motorcycles and two Mobile telephone handsets”, the statement further said.