Troops over-run bandit hideouts, kill five suspects


Troops have raided and dislodged bandit camps at Gobirawan and Gidan Garba forests, killing five suspected bandits while others fled, abandoning their camps, following the superior fire power of the troops.



The operatives also recovered four motorcycles, two AK47 rifles and one locally fabricated gun.



The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed in a statement in Abuja on Friday.



He said the forces of 818 Battalion deployed for clearance operation in conjunction with troops of ‘Operation Sharan Daji,’  cleared bandit enclaves in Sabon Birni and Dangulbi villages in Sokoto State.



In a similar operation, troops conducted “cordon and search operations” in some suspected hideouts in Zaki Biam, in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.



During the sting operation, the troops arrested suspected bandits who revealed their hideout where troops recovered one locally made rifle, a pistol, three shotgun cartridges and one stolen motorcycle.



The statement said, “In a separate operation also in Benue State, troops of Operation Whirl stroke deployed in Agagbe in the Gwer West Local Government Area, last Thursday,  had a fierce encounter with armed herdsmen along Azoom River bank.



“In the fire fight that ensued, troops routed the herdsmen and recovered three locally made rifles, one AK 47 magazine, 27 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and one machete. The troops are currently on the trail of the fleeing criminals.”



It called on the public to provide credible information on banditry and other criminal activities in their localities for proactive intervention by the security agencies.
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