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Banditry Offensive: Troops kill 21 bandits; Army Officer, 2 Soldiers killed in Katsina State.

Troops of Nigerian Army prosecuting the battle against banditry in Katsina State have killed 21 bandits in a fierce encounter in Faskari, Katsina State while an officer and two soldiers were killed and two others wounded.

Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko while confirming the attack said, “In continuation of aggressive clearance operation against criminal elements across the North West zone, on 24 September 2020, based on credible Information on bandits attack in Unguwar Doka village of Faskari LGA of Katsina State, gallant troops of Opeartion Sahel Sanity responded swiftly and immediately mobilized to the general area where they successfully cleared the village of the marauders to the admiration of the locals.  

“During the encounter, troops successfully neutralized 21 bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds into the forest as evident by the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route. 

” 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.

“Consequently,  troops of Operation Sahel Sahel are commended for their resilience and commitment to duty. 

“They are further urged not to rest on their oars until the Northwest zone is completely rid of all criminal elements. 

“The good people of the North-West zone are once again assured of troops’ commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone. 

“They are also encouraged to continue to avail troops with timely and credible information that will assist in the conduct of operations to rout the criminal elements.”

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