Troops kill 21, lost 3 in shootout with bandits in North-West


Nigerian Troops under Operation Sahel Sanity have succeeded in killing 21 stubborn armed bandits as Officer and 2 other Soldiers were gallantly lost in a heavy shootout during merciless attack on Unguwar Doka under Faskari local government area of Katsina State last Thursday.

A statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko which was made available to newsmen in Gusau, said the success was recorded following quick response to credible information communicated to the troops on bandits attack on innocent community.

“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, the gallant troops successfully rescued 3 kidnapped victims including an 8 months old baby who have been in the custody of the criminals for more than 23 days. During the exploitation phase of the operation, the gallant troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 magazine and 3 Motorcycles from the fleeing bandits.

“Regrettably, resulting from the encounter with the bandits, one gallant officer and 2 soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while 2 other soldiers were wounded in action and are currently receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively.

“The fearless troops have continued to pursue the bandits into the forest and dominating the general areas with aggressive fighting patrols to deny them any respite”, the statement added.

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