The Nigerian Military has confirmed the death of a soldier as troops kill scores of bandits during an attack on Kabasa village in Zamfara State.
Troops of Sector three Operation Hadarin Daji engaged the bandits and thwarted a deadly kidnap, the Director of Military Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, stated in a statement on Friday.
He noted that the troopers stormed the village in Magami Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara following a credible tip-off on Tuesday whereas the criminals had been attacking the villagers.
Yerima stated that the timely arrival of the troops disrupted the assault by the bandits who swiftly engaged them.
He added that the troops “Successfully neutralised scores (of the bandits) while others escaped into the forest with bullet wounds.
“Sadly, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and three others who sustained varying degrees of injuries during the encounter are currently receiving medical treatment.”
The military spokesman stated the soldiers have dominated the general area with aggressive patrols and have continued further exploitation and pursuit of the bandits into the forest.
Equally, he stated troops responded to a distress call that bandits have been attacking Gidan Goga village in Maradun LGA.
According to the brigadier general, troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the bandits with superior firepower, killing three of them while others fled in disarray – some with gunshot wounds.
Elsewhere, troops rescued two female kidnapped victims in Birnin Gwari LGA in Kaduna State.
Preliminary investigation, Yerima stated, revealed at the victims have been kidnapped 22 days ago from Kuyallo village in Birnin Gwari.
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He noted that the victims have been given medical treatment while waiting to be reunited with their families.
In his reaction, the Chief of Military Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, congratulated the gallant troops and requested them to maintain up the momentum till the whole North-West zone was rid of bandits, cattle rustlers, and kidnappers, among other criminals.
He additionally thanked the villagers for the credible and timely information they supplied to the troops which made their operations successful.
Attahiru said the patriotic action of the villagers needs to be emulated by others so that the actions of bandits would be nipped within the bud.