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Troops kill 35 bandits, arrest 2 suspects in Northwest

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The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche has said Troops of the Operation Hadarin Daji has killed 35 bandits and arrested two of their collaborators in different encounters in Northwest.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operation stated this a press statement signed and available to Newsmen in Abuja.

General Enenche also said the troops of ”Forward Operating Base Kekuwuje” on Sunday, engaged the bandits following credible intelligence on their movement with rustled animals at Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara.

”In the course of the encounter 30 armed bandits were neutralised while 24 cows and 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 mobilised to the area to forestall the reprisal attack. Troops were ambushed short of Janbako village where firefight ensued. The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits and neutralised five of them.

He also said that Troops currently are in pursuit of fleeing bandits in the area.

In another development, he said, following a tip off, two suspected bandits’ collaborators named Mustapha Sani and Murtala Sani were arrested at Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The Coordinator said that the two suspects are in custody for further action.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our Nation.

Maj-General Enenche further said that Nigerian Military would not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones of the country.

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