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Troops neutralise bandits, recover weapons in Zamfara

The Nigerian Army Joint Task Force, Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD), in North-West, has neutralised 12 bandits, and recovered weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, one magazine…

The Nigerian Army Joint Task Force, Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD), in North-West, has neutralised 12 bandits, and recovered weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, one magazine and two rounds of 7.62mm and 18 cows.

The operation’s Information Officer, Lt. Suleman Omale, disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau on Saturday.

Omale said the success recorded followed continued offensive operations against violent extremists to restore normalcy in the North-West region.

He said the troops successfully dominated Babban Doka, Gobirawar Challi and Kabaro communities under the Maru Local Government Area of the state engaging the terrorists in a heavy gun duel on Friday.

“During the operation our troops from the Dansadau area forward operating base exhibited exceptional courage, overpowering the criminal elements and neutralising 12 terrorists, while others fled with gunshot wounds.

“In a subsequent mop-up, the gallant troops recovered significant weapons and assets from the scene, including 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 magazine, 2 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 1 locally made gun, 1 dane gun.

“Additionally, the troops also recovered 18 cows, 10 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists and destroyed them on the spot,” he said.

Omale said the Commander 1 Brigade and Sector 1 OPHD, Brig.-Gen. Sani Ahmed commended the resilience, doggedness and gallantry displayed by the troops during the operation.

“Let me urge the gallant troops to maintain the momentum and not to relent until normalcy is fully restored in the region,” Ahmed charged. (NAN)

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