Troops neutralise bandits, free victims, recover arms in Sokoto, Katsina

The Nigerian Army said on Friday that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have neutralised more bandits, rescued kidnapped victims, recovered items, and destroyed bandits’ hideouts in some states in the North-West.

A post on its verified Twitter handle partly read, “On 3rd August 2023, armed bandits attempted to infiltrate and attack Isa LGA of Sokoto State, while the vigilant troops deployed in Forward Operating Base, Isa, responded swiftly and repelled the attack with superior firepower, which forced the bandits to flee with gunshot wounds as traces of blood stains were seen on their routes during the pursuit.

“Similarly, troops of Team 8 of Sector 3, Operation Hadarin Daji, deployed in Sabon Birni in Sokoto State conducted clearance operations, discovered and destroyed bandits’ hideouts at Kusabunni Forest, Tafkin Gawo, Alumdawa, Ungwar Mailele and Malamawa villages in Sokoto State. However, bandits fled and abandoned their hideouts before the arrival of the troops.

“Items recovered from the bandits hideouts are three motorcycles, three AK-47 magazines, and ammunition. Others include varieties of pairs of both military and foreign camouflage uniforms, including police uniform, and a radio.”

The Army noted further while responding to a distress call on bandits kidnapping activities and animal rustling, troops of Sector 2 in Katsina State mobilised an offensive operation along the withdrawal routes of the abductors at Kore town in Batagarawa LGA of Katsina State.

“On sighting troops, bandits fled and abandoned the kidnapped victims and the rustled animals,” it added.

It noted that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in Katsina State rescued four persons who were captured from their farmland by armed bandits along Ungwan Madugu of Dandume LGA.

It added, “The victims were abandoned by their captors and fled when the troops in conjunction with vigilantes mobilised to the scene and successfully rescued the victims. The victims have been handed over to their families while the recovered cattle were handed over to the rightful owners.”

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