Nigeria: Soldiers kill 9 armed bandits, cattle rustlers
By Mohammad Ibrahim
June 21 ( Zamfara) Troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army embarked on a patrol to Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State. During the patrol, the team encountered and engaged notorious armed bandits that have been wrecking havoc on the communities killing 9 of them, while a few escaped with gun shot wounds.
In a statement signed by Army Acting Director Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka said the operation was in continuation of the concerted efforts of clearing cattle rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers in North Western Geo-political region, by troops of 1 Division in conjunction with other security agencies.
He said the team recovered 3 AK-47 rifles, 4 AK-47 rifle magazines, 5 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, a machete and 24 motorcycles after a thorough combing of the general area.
The Army said in a related development and in a sheer act of bravery, local vigilantes at 'Yargada village, Gusau Local Government Area apprehended another armed bandit in the area.
" With this success the troops morale is very high and are determined to continue to enhance the general security of their respective areas of operation through patrols, raids and clearance operations. It is in the light of this that we solicit for more cooperation and support from the public," he said.