By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Troops of Operation Sharan Daji (OPSD) have killed 21 bandits and captured 17 others alive during the clearance operations and fight against banditry.
A statement by the Acting Force Information Officer, OPSD, Major Clement Abiade said the current offensive is designed to identify and destroy bandits’ camps/enclaves in the area of operation.
Abiade said the troops on 22 January on clearance operation in Gando Forest came into contact with a large gang of bandits armed with sophisticated firearms and Rocket Propelled Grenades leading to fierce gun battles which lasted several hours.
“The casualty figures on the bandits’ side during this encounters is 21 bandits neutralized, while 17 were captured alive. Troops also destroyed some of their camps and rescued 89 kidnapped victims held in some of these camps”, he said.
The acting force information officer added two bandits’ informants namely Musa Amadu and Auwalu Mutairu were arrested at Danfumi village in Birnin Magaji and are currently assisting troops with intelligence.
“Troops also destroyed some of their camps and rescued 89 kidnapped victims held in some of these camps. It is worthy to note that out of 89 freed kidnapped victims, 55 of them were held captives in Bukkuyum LGA in Zamfara State”, he said.
Abiade said the clearance operations in Zamfara and Katsina States are being carried out in collaboration with all security agencies and local vigilantes to achieve synergy .
“It is significant to inform the general public that 11 civilians and 1 vigilante were killed by bandits during the period in focus. It is also important to state that 6 persons were kidnapped at Asoula village in Tsafe LGA”, he said.
He said items were recovered from the bandits over the period stated includes 1 Single Barrel gun, 2 locally made pistols, 20 Cartridges of Double barrel bullets, 60 Rounds of 7.62mm special, 1 AK 47 Magazine containing 18 Rounds of 7.62mm special, 2 Dane Guns, 4 Motorcycles and large quantity of Indian hemp and other illicit Drugs.