Four bandits were on Friday night neutralised by Operation Hadarin Daji in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
A reliable source within the troops confirmed this to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity, adding that the troops engaged the bandits in a gun duel when they were about to attack a community in the local government.
He said, “On receiving the information, the gallant troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the armed bandits in a gun duel and denied them assess to the villages.”
“After the encounter, four bandits were neutralised while others escaped with gun wounds. While repelling the attack, the troops recovered one General Purpose Machine Gun, one FN Rifle and 123 rounds of special ammunition.”
He explained that in a recent coordinated operation by the troops, they have cleared bandits’ camps at Mutuwa, Guda tudu, Kawar, Dantayawa, Gidan Kare, Mahuta and Gyado villages of Zamfara and Sokoto states.
The General Officer of 8 Division Sokoto, who is also the Commander, Joint Taskforce of Operation Hadarin Daji North-West zone, Major General Godwin Mutkut commended the troops for their efforts in flushing out the bandits in the zone.
He, however, appealed to the general public to always cooperate with the troops and continue to provide useful information on the bandits’ hideouts.