No fewer than 48 armed insurgents including many bandits’ commanders have been killed during a gun battle with men of the Nigerian Army in North West region of the country.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Monday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima who said that the bandits were were eliminated during gun battle with troops of 8 Division operating in Zamfara and adjoining states.
According to him, the Division had earlier launched “Operation Tsare Mutane” following the directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru for stabilization of security situation in the zone to facilitate the return of socio-economic activities.
Yerima said; “The troops successfully cleared many bandits’ camps in Jaya, Kadaya and Bayan Ruwa amongst several others.
“The troops successfully neutralised 48 bandits while the bandits’ leader in the area known as Jummo sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
“The troops rescued 18 kidnap victims from the bandits’ enclave and recovered eight AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one PKT and a Machine Gun from the bandit,” he added.