At least six suspected bandits were killed by troops of the Nigerian Army in a clearance operation to the strongholds of the bandits in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division, Musa Yahaya, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
The statement read, “Bandits and terrorists operating in the forest of Birnin Gwari today 16 November 2023 suffer heavy casualty in the hands of troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army and operation Whirl Punch. Acting on credible intelligence, the highly motivated troops carried out an offensive clearance operation to bandits’ strongholds in Sabon-Birni, Dogon Dawa, Saulawa, Maidaro-Ngede Allah and Kidenda all in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and made contact with bandits.
“In the firefight that ensued when contact was made, troops neutralized 6 bandits, recovered two AK 47 rifles, four AK 47 rifle magazines, 14 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 40 pairs of bandits uniforms and 9 Motorcycles.”
He noted that the General Officer Commander had directed the troops to intensify their efforts in ensuring all bandits within their operation area were dealt with.
“The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander Operation WHIRL PUNCH, Major General Valentine Okoro has applauded the troops for their gallantry and charged them not to relent until all terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements in the Division’s Area of Responsibility are completely neutralized,” Yahaya concluded.