Three bandits have been killed by soldiers of the “Operation Sahel Sanity”. Over 10 suspected bandits and informants were also arrested during the clearance operations at various bandits’ hideouts in Katsina and Zamfara.
Benard Onyeuko, a brigadier general and Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, announced it in a statement on Thursday in Katsina.
“On Aug. 16, the troops conducted clearance operation in some identified hideouts of bandits in Dumburum forest.
“During the operation, the troops neutralised three bandits and recovered one AK 47 rifle, two empty AK 47 rifle magazines and 127 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition,” Mr Onyeuko said.
He said that the troops similarly conducted clearance operations in different places within the two states.
He further said that the places where the operations were conducted include Bagaga, Yarmalamai, Munhaye, Bena, Unguwar-tsamiya, Unguwar-Malama-Rama, Yadi and Tudun-Ali.
According to Mr Onyeuko, the troops succeeded in rescuing about 10 kidnapped victims during the operations.
He added that clearance operations were conducted between August 15 and Aug. 19,
Mr Onyeuko assured people of the Northwest of troops’ commitment to the safety of lives and property within the zone.
He urged the people to continue to avail the troops with information that would assist in the clearance operations.