The Nigerian Army’s 1 Division says its forces have killed six suspected bandits in Kaduna State’s Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area.
This was said in a statement released on Thursday in Kaduna by Lt-Col. Musa Yahaya, the Division’s Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations.
Yahaya reported that the operation took place on November 16 and that nine motorcycles and 40 pairs of police and military clothes were discovered.
He added that 1 Division troops and Operation Whirl Punch targeted the bandits based on accurate intelligence.
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“The highly motivated troops carried out an offensive clearance operation to bandits’ strongholds in Birnin Gwari LGA’s Sabon-Birni, Dogon Dawa, Saulawa, Maidaro-Ngede Allah, and Kidenda.”
“In the firefight that ensued when contact was made, troops neutralized six bandits, recovered two AK-47 rifles, four AK-47 rifle magazines, 14 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 40 pairs of bandits uniforms, and nine motorcycles,” the officer stated.
According to Yahaya, Maj.-Gen. Valentine Okoro, the General Officer Commanding of 1 Division and the Force Commander of Operation Whirl Punch, praised the soldiers for their bravery.
He charged them with remaining tough until all terrorists, bandits, and other lawbreakers within the division’s purview were destroyed.