THE Nigerian Army has said armed bandits and kidnappers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and neighbouring Zamfara State have been killed by troops.
The army in a statement signed by its Deputy Director, Public Relations of One Division, Colonel Muhammad Dole, on Sunday disclosed that the bandits were killed when the troops under Operation Whirl Punch, raided their hideouts inside the Kamuku forest at Birnin Gwari.
The statement added that several camps belonging to the bandits were destroyed while arms and ammunition were also recovered by the troops during the operation.
The troops also carried out another operation at a camp belonging to suspected kidnappers at Unguwar Maigwari village and Doka- Rijanna road along the Abuja – Kaduna highway. Arms were recovered as well and their camps destroyed.
One of the bandits was killed during the raid, while others escaped with gunshots injuries and one AK 47 rifle with 25 rounds 7.62mm Special recovered.
The Army spokesman stressed that another successful operation by a combined effort between the troops and local vigilante group led to the discovery of another criminal hideout used by bandits at Kidandan village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
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