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Troops neutralise two bandits in Kaduna



By Mohammed Tijjani

Troops of Operation Forest Sanity on Tuesday ambushed and neutralised two bandits in Kaduna state.

Lt-Col Musa Yahaya, the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, confirmed the incident in a statement issued in Kaduna.

According to Yahaya, troops from the 1 Division Nigerian Army’s operation Forest Sanity ambushed and successfully neutralised two bandit leaders, capturing arms, ammunition, and other equipment.

An earlier intelligence source told him that a bandit leader named Isiya Danwasa planned to send his errand boy Yunusa to Kaduna town to buy arms and ammunition.

“Subsequently, the errand boy was trailed and picked up by plainclothes soldiers and later used to lure two of the bandits’ leaders to a selected ammunition collection point.

“Upon their arrival, troops who had laid an ambush engaged the criminals with superior firepower and neutralised them.

Yahaya said items recovered from the bandits included one motorcycle, two AK 47 rifles, six AK 47 magazines, 250 rounds of 7.62 mm special, one power bank, two charm vests and the sum of N200,000 (two hundred thousand naira).

“The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander Joint Task Force Operation Whirl Punch Maj-Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, has commended the troops for their professional conduct and perfect execution of the task.

“He also charged the troops to go after all bandits and show them no mercy.

“The GOC appealed to the general public to continue to avail the troops and other security agencies credible and actionable information, to bring banditry, kidnapping and other crimes to a lasting end,” he said.


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