Troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji have killed 10 armed bandits, rescued nine kidnapped victims and recovered a cache of ammunition in Zamfara State.
The Nigerian Army disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, August 8, 2023.
According to the statement, one female abducted victim was killed by bandits during gun battle with the troops while the rescued ones have been reunited with their families.
“In a recent coordinated operation by troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara state during the early hours of 8th August 2023. Troops of Forward Operating Base Danmarke acting on a credible information on armed bandits movement with some kidnapped victims from Sokoto state through Gadazaima village in Zamfara state,” the statement read.
The troops immediately mobilized for an offensive ambush operation within the village and made contact with the armed bandits that lasted for hours. Due to the troops fire power superiority which forced the Bandits to abandon the kidnapped victims and withdraw in disarray
During the fire fight, 10 armed bandits were neutralized while unconfirmed numbers of them fled with gunshot wounds. Additionally, in an attempt to escape troops onslaught, several of the bandits drowned in a swampy river while 2 were captured alive during pursuit by the troops
Consequently, after the encounter 6 AK 47 Rifles, 1PKT Machine Gun and 5 Magazines. Others include; 20 rounds of 7.62MM Special ammunition, 3 Mobile phones, 2 Solar Panels, 1 sewing machine were captured from the Bandits. Also, a sum of N2,410,000 recovered
The 9 rescued victims who are all from Sokoto state were successfully rescued. Unfortunately, 1 female abducted victim was killed by the bandits during the fire fight.
All rescued victims were handed over to the appropriate authority to reunite them with their families.