An alleged bandit has been killed by the Operation Sahel Sanity in Katsina State during a clearance operation along the border of Dajin Wuta forest.
Although the troops recovered one AK 47 rifle loaded with 27 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition from the dead bandits, many of the bandits were said to have escaped with various injuries.
Earlier on November, 11 ,2020, the troops, had rescued two teenage girls at Munhaye village.
In a statement by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, revealed that the troops confronted the bandits leading to bloody encounter which led to the death of the bandit.
Onyeuko said, “On 12 November 2020, troops while on routine patrol along the fringes of Dajin Wuta Forest came in contact with bandits on motorcycles. In their attempt to escape from the advancing troops, the terrified bandits ineffectively opened fire and withdrew into the forest but the resilient troops gave them a hot pursuit with overwhelming firepower.
“In the aftermath of the encounter, one bandit was neutralized and one AK-47 rifle loaded with 27 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition was captured while several others are believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds as evident in the trails of blood along their escape routes during exploitation.
“Also, on 11 November 2020, troops deployed at Angwan Doka, during a clearance operation rescued 2 teenage girls at Munhaye village. Preliminary investigation revealed that the duo was kidnapped by suspected bandits at Dan Aji village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State. The victims also revealed that their abductors freed them and fled on noticing troops’ presence in the area.”
The Brigadier General however, praised the troops and encouraged them not to relent in their efforts to get rid of the North-West banditry and other crimes.